Professional Learning

Professional development opportunities are offered to strengthen teaching skills and increase knowledge when working with English learners and colleagues. Ongoing professional development for Pennsylvania Local Education Agency (LEA) educational staff is fundamental in the creation, maintenance and evaluation of compliant and effective English as a Second Language programs.

The learning opportunities are organized by specific areas of need or interest and offered through a variety of platforms – on-site events, webinars and self-mediated courses. To view upcoming events per specific area, use the navigation to the left.

To be eligible to register for the following professional development opportunities, you must be a current employee of an LEA.



Two Special Opportunities

Starting August and October 2018
2018-19 Quarterly Educator Discussion Forums
A new series of informal online forums designed to give educators who share similar contexts an opportunity to come together and engage in discussion, Q&A and sharing of best practices. These facilitated forum discussions will be held quarterly for up to 90 minutes in four areas – administrators, charter schools, large urban schools and low incident schools.

September 18, 25, 26 and October 23, 2018
ELD Administrators’ Leadership Academy
The ELD Administrators’ Leadership Academy is a three-part leadership series designed for ELD administrators at both the district and school levels that centers on WIDA’s Leading Schools workshop. The three events that comprise the Academy will emphasize the importance of cultivating the collaborative relationships between teachers, students, families and data teams that are necessary for English Learners to thrive. At the end of the series, school leaders will have created leadership action steps for enhancing their school improvement plan and processes related to the achievement and well-being of their English Learners.

October 25, 2018
Understanding the Future Ready PA Index

November 8, 2018
English Learner Data-Based Decision Making: Connecting eMetric and Formative Data

November 15 – 16, 2018
WIDA Engaging English Learners in Science

March 6 – 7, 2019
WIDA Scaffolding Learning Through Language

March 13 – 14, 2019
WIDA Purposeful Lesson Planning for Supporting English Learners in Math

May 9, 2019
Facilitating English Learner Success Using Action Research


Webinar Recordings