Cultivating Practices for Formative Language Assessment

September 2019 – May 2020

Institute is limited to 40 participants.
This institute is designed to support professional development providers (trainers and facilitators) in leading a committed group of educators through 16 one-hour sessions on cultivating practices for formative language assessment. In the context of this Professional Learning Community (PLC), formative language assessment refers to the collaborative process used by teachers and students to share the next steps in instruction based on evidence of learning and language use.
PD providers will attend one 90-minute webinar per month for a total of 8 months. Each webinar will focus on a different content topic and will be led by a WIDA Professional Learning Specialist. The WIDA Processional Learning Specialist will introduce each content topic through readings, videos, guided discussions and/or classroom application. In these live webinars, you will review the two one-hour sessions that you will then facilitate with your learners in your PD context. In the first session that you facilitate (i.e. Session 1), you will present the content you explored with the WIDA Specialist. In the second session that you facilitate that month (i.e. Session 1A), you will engage your learners in a debriefing and discussion about their implementation of the concepts you presented in Session 1.


The institute will provide:

  • A Facilitator Guide for PD Providers, which includes a detailed script and annotated handouts
  • Supporting documents and handouts for participants
  • PowerPoint slides for 16 one-hour sessions



PD Providers need to be able to allocate approximately 3-5 hours per month for implementation, including:

  • 1-2 hours for attending webinars (1 webinar per month)
  • 1-2 hours for preparing their professional development sessions (2 sessions per month)
  • 1-2 hours to facilitate their professional development sessions (2 sessions per month)


Program Outline – Live Sessions from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

  • SEP 17,  2019, Sessions 1 & 1A –Building a Professional Learning Community
  • OCT 8, 2019, Sessions 2 & 2A – Examining Effective Formative Assessment Practices
  • NOV 12, 2019, Sessions 3 & 3A – Clarifying Intended Learning
  • JAN 7, 2020, Sessions 4 & 4A – Eliciting Evidence
  • FEB 4, 2020, Sessions 5 & 5A – Interpreting Evidence
  • MAR 3, 2020, Sessions 6 & 6A – Responding to Evidence
  • APR 14, 2020, Sessions 7 & 7A – Supporting Student Ownership of Learning
  • MAY 5, 2020, Session 8 – Responding to Our Learning: Next Steps



This program is designed for teacher leaders, principals, instructional coaches, and other professional development providers (trainers/facilitators) in K-12 educational systems that provide regular and ongoing professional development and work collaboratively with educators to improve the academic performance and language development of multilingual learners.


Head shot of Kati Van SicklenPrior to joining WIDA, Kati Van Sicklen was a K-12 educator in Colorado and abroad. Over the past 9 years, she taught in Aurora, Colorado and Bangkok, Thailand. She taught elementary for seven years and 9-12 grade for two years. While teaching in Aurora, she taught students from more than 30 different countries, teaching mostly newcomer immigrants and refugees in one of the most diverse districts in the country. In addition to teaching multilingual learners, she received her endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Van Sicklen has her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver as well as a Bachelor’s in Political Science.

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.