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.



2018-19 Quarterly Educator Discussion Forums

November 2018 and February and May 2019
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.

2019 Migrant Education Program and English as a Second Language Conference: Education Without Borders

April 2-4, 2019 | Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey, Harrisburg, Pa.
Attend and discover promising practices to support the educational success of Pennsylvania’s English learners and migrant education students. The 2019 statewide conference will provide new practices, perspectives and connections for those working with migrant students and/or English learners. From engaging with pre-conference institutes, keynote speakers, workshop presentations and conference exhibitors, participants will increase their knowledge of current research-based best practices, strategies to support students’ social-emotional and academic achievement, improve program service delivery, and much more!

Understanding the Future Ready PA Index

This webinar will be offered in the near future. Details will be announced when they become available.

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