WIDA: Scaffolding Learning Through Language

March 18 from 9:00 a.m. – March 19, 2020, 4:00 p.m.
PaTTAN, Harrisburg, Pa.

Workshop is limited to 35 participants.

This workshop provides educators with a fresh look at how to engage multilingual learners in rigorous content area learning with a balance of challenge and support. The purpose of the workshop is to encourage educators to consider a dynamic set of classroom practices that support multilingual students as they move toward increasing independence and expertise in grade-level content. Participants will explore how rigorous, well-sequenced curriculum within the content of meaningful experiences contributes to rich classroom interactions that mediate learning. Topics that educators will explore are (a) valuing students’ resources for learning, (b) developing a strong community of learners, and (c) engaging students in rigorous curriculum.



Through participation in this workshop, participants will be prepared to:

  • Develop an understanding of scaffolding practices based on prior knowledge, new learning, and shared experience
  • Build awareness of macro- and micro-scaffolding practices that apprentice students into language use for content area learning.
    • Consider how students’ resources can support collaborative learning
    • Recognize the importance of establishing a collaborative community of learnings that moves forward and upward together
    • Examine ways to engage students in exploring language use for content learning



This workshop is designed for all teachers of multilingual learners. Teams of content teachers and ESL Specialists are encouraged to attend together. This workshop provides a great opportunity for teams who work with the same language learners to collaborate.



Head shot of Maya Martinez-Hart

Maya Martinez-Hart, WIDA Professional Learning Specialist

Maya A. Martinez-Hart facilitates professional learning for WIDA Early Years. In her current role Maya has developed and facilitated professional learning for States collaborating with WIDA Early Years.  Maya brings over 20 years of experience in education and family advocacy. Maya’s teaching experience extends to two countries, her native Mexico and United States, multiple ages and grade levels as well as programs such as bilingual and Montessori education. Most recently Maya has been involved in e-learning facilitation, design and professional learning.



8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Sign-in
9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Workshop
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch on Your Own
12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Workshop


Act 48

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 professional development credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. To receive credit, participants MUST attend session(s) from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID (PPID) number on the appropriate Act 48 paperwork provided onsite at the conference registration desk. Retrieve your PPID number from PERMS and bring it with you to the conference.



6340 Flank Drive
Harrisburg, PA 17112
(717) 541-4960