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WIDA Scaffolding Learning Through Language

March 6 - March 7

The Scaffolding Learning Through Language workshop includes learning experiences that are interactive, scaffolded, and focused on expanding instructional practices that foster high challenge and high support learning opportunities for students. Participants will explore how rigorous, well-sequenced curriculum contributes to rich classroom interactions that mediate learning and move students toward independent success.

The 2-day workshop will address topics such as:

  • Macro–scaffolding practices focused on instructional planning
  • Micro–scaffolding strategies focused on contingent teaching
  • Collaborative reasoning and student discourse moves
  • Moving students toward complex texts and independence as learners



Through participating in this workshop, participants will experience support for developing the following scaffolding practices:

  • Designing equitable learning opportunities that build on students’ identities as developing disciplinary experts
  • Mediating learning that:
    • Draws on students’ assets and experiences as resources for learning
    • Expands language resources as students engage in joint knowledge construction

At the close of the workshop, participants will plan next steps that expand their students’ resources for learning and meld into their current instructional contexts.

To maximize the potential benefits of this learning opportunity, educators who share responsibility for the instruction and assessment of ELs are strongly encouraged to register in teams. Learning will be focused on classroom–level instructional practices and all educators are welcome to attend. No previous experience with the WIDA Standards Framework is required. Seasoned WIDA practitioners will find this workshop to be an invigorating, novel offering.


Schedule (both days)

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



Headshot of Melissa Paton, Professional Learning Specialist, WIDA, Madison, WI

Melissa Paton, Professional Learning Specialist, WIDA, Madison, WI

Melissa Paton is passionate about creating educational equity for English learners. Her 15 years of teaching experience have been devoted to working solely with students with diverse linguistic backgrounds and to helping all teachers build their capacity for developing students’ language within content areas. Her interest stems from an upbringing in a multilingual home where she developed an interest in language, culture and social justice at an early age.

Paton holds degrees from UC-San Diego and Edgewood College in literature, English as a second language and bilingual education. She is a professed math geek and enjoys working with general education teachers to address differentiation and scaffolding for language growth within content areas.


Act 48

The Center for Schools and Communities, as a division of the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit, offers Act 48 continuing education credit for those with Pennsylvania teaching or administrative certificates. Participants MUST attend the academy from beginning to end and list their professional personnel ID number on the appropriate paperwork supplied to you by the Center for Schools and Communities to receive credit. If you are interested in receiving Act 48 credit, check the appropriate box on the registration form. If you are unsure of your professional personnel ID number, check it online at PERMS.




March 6
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