Introduction to English Language Development Standards in Massachusetts Classrooms (EL-101)

An Introduction to the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework 

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This course introduces classroom teachers to the Massachusetts WIDA English Language Development Standards through a practical and hands-on approach, connecting to their classrooms. Teachers will learn how the standards are organized, foundational principles and practical applications and tools. Teachers practice how to use these standards in tandem with content standards in our Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks, to better support ELLs. This course is designed for any classroom teacher, specialist, or coach who is responsible for educating English language learners and collaborating in a school. The course is therefore often offered to groups of collaborating teachers who plan together around the needs of ELLs in a school, in a PLC or in a department. The course modules may be tailored to specific content area educator groups, upon request, or offered for a mixed audience. Course Format: This course meets face-to-face in four modules. Useful application components for teachers to try out in their classrooms are interspersed with face-to-face sessions and with 3 asynchronous online hours sharing resources and feedback with colleagues. The total number of course hours is 15. These 15 hours serve as SEI Extension course credits.

Note: Upon request for district-based courses, MATSOL can tailor the course to address the needs of specialized grouping, such as all math teachers. 


No course dates are currently scheduled, but is available to school districts. Please contact [email protected] for more information.


Any ESL and/or classroom teachers, specialist, or coach. Administrators or supervisors involved in curriculum writing or overseeing curriculum and instruction may find this course valuable as well.


2 six-hour sessions with 3 hours of asynchronous online coursework between sessions (15 hours total). Can be formatted flexibly to meet the needs of a district. 


15 PDPs - Fulfills Requirement for 15 PDPs in English learner education for recertification


Optional 1 graduate credit

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