WIDA: Formative Language Assessment

October 23 from 9:00 a.m. – October 24, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
PaTTAN, Malvern, Pa.

Workshop is limited to 35 participants and five 5 staff.
This workshop explores formative language assessment practices that focus on students’ and teachers’ attention to English language development within the context of subject-area classrooms. The purpose is to prepare participants to incorporate new formative language assessment practices into their educational contexts.


Through reading, observation, discussions, and professional reflection, participants will be prepared to:

  • Identify relevant formative language assessment practices that advance content learning and language development
  • Leverage expert roles within disciplinary practices to create opportunities for purposeful language use
  • Create learning goals and success criteria that support content learning and language development
  • Use routines that elicit evidence to inform formative feedback



Teams of content teachers and ESL Specialists are encouraged to attend together. This workshop provides a great opportunity for teams who work with the same language learners to collaborate. If attending as a team, only one team member would need to have advanced experience with the WIDA Standards Framework.


Terri Mossgrove, WIDA Professional Learning Specialist

Terri Mossgrove is a career educator who has taught at a variety of levels including preschool, elementary, high school, adult literacy, English for Academic Purposes, Teacher Preparation, and Professional Development. The focus of her teaching is in the area of literacy and language learning with a commitment to creating equitable educational opportunities for diverse student populations.
Mossgrove earned both her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Elementary Education and her Master’s Degree of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the University of South Florida (USF), Tampa. She also earned an Education Specialist Degree in English as a Second Language from Northcentral University, Arizona. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at USF. Her professional education certifications are in Elementary Education, English Education, and English Speakers of Other Languages. Additionally, she has an endorsement in reading.


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

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.


333 Technology Drive
Malvern, PA 19355
(610) 265-7321