Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students

1 PLU | 30 minute - 2 hour Webinar | Participant Maximum varies
2 PLUs | 1 Day | 45 Participants Maximum
3 PLUs | 2 Days | 45 Participants Maximum

Delivery Format: Face-to-face or web-based (live or pre-recorded)

English language learners need instruction that is differentiated to meet the needs unique to learning an additional language and grade-appropriate content. Participants will approach the idea of differentiation of language from an asset-based perspective, recognizing that language learners bring many contributions to the school community. Participants will collaborate to customize instruction for ELLs utilizing the WIDA ELD framework. While planning, participants will have time to reflect on how to create productive struggle in a safe learning environment.

This is an introductory workshop and works well when it follows an introduction to the WIDA ELD Framework.

Audience: This workshop is appropriate for classroom teachers, English Language specialists, administrators, curriculum development specialists, and support staff who are familiar with WIDA Standards.


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe what language differentiation means in the instruction and assessment of LLs.
  • Describe how content, product, process and environment are taken into account for language differentiation.
  • Use the Performance Definitions tool to analyze student writing and identify student language differentiation needs to guide professional conversations about students.
  • Describe the pathways for differentiation of language (i.e. supports, domains, classroom talk, etc.)
  • Describe how scaffolds and supports engage LLs at various levels in the language of a lesson.
  • Create a differentiated plan for your teaching context (collaboratively or individually).

*We have found this audience size to be the most effective for facilitator-participant interaction. If you are considering additional participants, this must be discussed and approved with WIDA in advance as it may change the number of facilitators required for the event.


For State Educational Agencies purchasing with Professional Learning Units (PLUs)*:

  • 1-day workshop: 2 PLUs
  • 2-day workshop: 3 PLUs
  • 3-day workshop: 4 PLUs

To have a workshop repeated in a different location it needs to be within a two hour drive.  The charge will be 1 PLU. All workshops in pilot phase are 4 PLUs.
*Professional Learning Units (PLUs) are awarded to State Education Agencies that are members of the WIDA consortium.

For all other entities and for State Educational Agencies purchasing professional learning above and beyond their PLUs:
$5000 for the first day and $3000 for additional consecutive days

Price includes facilitator time, travel expenses, lodging, and meals

Hosting Requirements

  • Secure meeting space, including A/V equipment
  • Provide handouts
  • Communicate logistics with participants
  • Ensure a minimum of 10 participants


For more information, please contact pdinfo@wida.us.