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.

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