Posted: Thu, 01/05/2017 - 3:16pm Updated: Wed, 06/19/2019 - 8:58am

Welcome to Professional Learning and Resources. On this page you will find upcoming English Learner-focused professional development opportunities, as well as useful resources from past PD. If you are new to the English Learner world, visit our EL101 online modules where you will be able to get an overview of the basic components and requirements of an English Learner program. If you are seeking additional professional learning and resources concerning the WIDA Standards Framework, visit the IDOE WIDA: English Language Development Standards and Assessment page and WIDA’s website.

Professional Learning

See the calendar below for upcoming English Learner-focused professional development around Indiana. This calendar will be updated regularly with new opportunities such as IDOE-offered PD, conferences, webinars as they arise. NOTE: for information on IDOE’s Summer EL Professional Development Roadshow, see the next drop-down.

Last updated 06/19/2019

Title Description Date Details Registration
WIDA Writing Academy: Writing with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades

In this interactive Academy, participants will explore a pedagogical approach that apprentices multilingual learners into writing in various academic genres. Specifically, participants will look at examples of this in science and consider how this approach develops multilingual learners’ writing skills and their awareness about how writing works. This will allow them to become effective and informed writers not only in science but across content areas…See full description here

June 18-19, 2019

Logistics: All travel, transportation, and parking expenses are paid by attendees. A group rate is available at the Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O'Hare - Rosemont until May 31, 2019. Find more information on the session here.

Intended Audience: Elementary educators of English Learners

Presenter: WIDA Presenter TBD

Find registration information here. Cost is $575 if registered by April 21, and $675 if registered by May 19.
All day sessions – exact times TBD
Holiday Inn & Suites Chicago O’Hare – Rosemont, IL
Title Description Date Details Registration
IDOE Summer EL PD Roadshow See the dropdown below for session titles and descriptions, registration links, a flyer, and more.

June 20, 2019

See the dropdown below for session titles and descriptions, registration links, a flyer, and more. See the dropdown below for session titles and descriptions, registration links, a flyer, and more.
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monroe County Community Schools (Bloomington)
Title Description Date Details Registration
2019 WIDA Annual Conference

The WIDA Annual Conference is the premier event for educators of preK-12 multilingual learners, bringing together educators from around the globe to network, share best practices, and discover innovative classroom strategies. Educators from around the country submit session proposals, which are reviewed and selected by a panel of internal and external reviewers. Sessions examine research-based strategies and instructional practices on topics that align to the conference theme and are designed and delivered in an engaging format. This year’s conference them is Teaching for Equity in a Multilingual World.

October 15-18, 2019

More information on the conference, including costs, travel logistics, conference topics, etc., can be found on conference brochure and the WIDA Annual Conference website

Early bird registration is open until May 31 and features a $150 discount. Register here.
Sessions all day
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI

If you are seeking additional English Learner-focused professional development for your school or district, the following are in-person and virtual options…

  • New Neighbors Education Center: This service center, located at IU Southeast in New Albany, will host a series of EL-related professional development opportunities throughout the school year for elementary and secondary educators and administrators. 
  • Center for Applied Linguistics: CAL provides in-person institutes as well as online training for the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) model, academic language and literacy, newcomers, dual language programs, and more.
  • EL Portal: The EL Portal offers a number of online courses covering topics such as Early Literacy for ELs, EL Family and Community Engagement, Teaching Writing to ELs, and more.
  • Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL):  OTEL offers foundational, disciplinary, coaching, and leadership institutes that develop educator expertise in designing, implementing, and monitoring all aspects of English Learner programs and instruction.

Join the IDOE EL team at one of our regional learning opportunities for EL teachers and school leaders! Two concurrent sessions will be offered each day.

Redefining the Role of the English Learner Teacher

As schools seek more comprehensive approaches to serving their English Learner students, the role of the English Learner teacher requires re-examination. In order to maximize their impact on EL student success, EL teachers’ roles must shift to one of collaborator, advocate, expert in language instruction, and leader within their buildings. This session will allow EL teachers to explore ways to embrace this changing role and promote shared responsibility within their context.

Intended Audience: EL teachers and EL program directors
Contact: Adam Pitt, English Learner Specialist,

Inclusive School Leadership: Promoting Cultural Proficiency and Awareness

Participants will evaluate the cultural proficiency of current practices within their school, determine school needs to serve students equitably, consider the social and emotional needs of students and teachers, and plan for asset-based strategies and approaches that lay the foundation for cultural proficiency.

Intended Audience: School leadership teams (principals, counselors, EL teachers, teacher leaders)
Contact: Georgina Schneider, English Learner Specialist,; Nicole Leach, English Learner and Dual Language Immersion Specialist,

Date Location Registration
June 11 MSD Pike Township Schools, Indianapolis Both sessions at this date are at capacity. Choose another date/location or contact Nicole Leach at to be placed on a waitlist.
June 13 Monroe County Community Schools, Bloomington Registration
June 18 East Allen County Schools, New Haven Registration
June 20 Tippecanoe School Corporation, Lafayette Registration
All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2019 Summer EL PD Save-the-Date

IDOE will host the 2019-2020 English Learners Directors’ Meetings at MSD Lawrence Township Schools in Indianapolis, IN. The New EL Directors’ Meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13, and the Annual EL Directors’ Meeting for new and returning EL directors will be held on Wednesday, August 14. Both meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register now and provide your input on the topics you hope to see on this year’s agenda.

Past Professional Learning and Resources