Professional Development

Learn about current professional development opportunities available to educators in Wisconsin. Please note that WITESOL is only sharing these opportunities and is not responsible for the content and quality of these opportunities.

Cultural and Language Immersion Program in Oaxaca

Read more about this UW-Whitewater sponsored program by reading the flyer below.

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ITBE Annual Convention

ITBE is the Illinois equivalent of WITESOL.  They are holding their annual convention in a couple weeks (Feb. 22-23), and are excited about their speaker lineup this year. They thought they’d let neighboring affiliates know about it in case they wanted to share the info with their members. Stephen Krashen and former TESOL president Lydia Stack will be flying out from California for their 44th annual convention.  Click here for more info about their convention and speaker lineup.

TESOL Professional Learning Opportunities

If you are a TESOL member you can get access to some free virtual seminars coming up in February and May! Learn more about these virtual training opportunities by clicking here.

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (Fulbright TGC)

Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms (Fulbright TGC) is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), with funding provided by the U.S. Government and administered by IREX. Fulbright TGC is a year-long professional development opportunity for U.S. elementary, middle, and high school teachers to develop skills that will help them prepare students for a competitive global economy. Fulbright TGC equips teachers to bring an international perspective to their schools through targeted training, experience abroad, and global collaboration. Application deadline is March 7, 2019.  Learn more by clicking here.

Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA)

In partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Basic Education for Adults is pleased to announce that due to the success of our first four Integrated Digital English Acceleration (I-DEA) conferences, we are planning to offer three additional regional two-day conferences:

  • April 19-20 in Denver, Colorado
  • April 26-27 in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 10-11 in Washington State

The conferences will equip English language faculty and administrators with practical information and hands-on tools to successfully implement and deliver I-DEA at their locations. The I-DEA flipped classroom hybrid model provides a year of free, professionally developed open source curriculum that prepares low level English Language Learners (ESL 1-3) to enter college and career pathways with digital literacy and academic, employability, and English language acquisition skills. I-DEA’s federal level gain outcomes have been consistently 16 percent higher than traditional English language classrooms over the past four years.

We’re hoping that you’ll share this information with providers in your state. We’d love to see multiple states represented at each of these conferences. There are no registration fees for the conferences, and breakfast and lunch are provided. Further details can be found by navigating to the conference registration page. The cost to your providers is travel, dinner, and lodging. I have attached a flier that provides additional information on the I-DEA initiative.

Please don’t hesitate to contact William Durden ( or 360.704.4368) or Jodi Ruback ( or 360.704.4306) with any questions or for additional information.

If you have an idea for hosting a regional conference in Wisconsin and would like WITESOL’s help, please email