Professional Learning

Are you registered for the 2024 Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference?

Make your plans now! Join experts from across the state and the Department of Public Instruction for the ML/Title III Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference. This year's conference, themed "Unlocking the Power of Multilingual Learners for Academic Success," promises to be an inspiring and transformative experience.  Register now!

The NCDPI ML/Title III Team is committed to providing high-quality professional learning to educators of MLs. The NCDPI ML/Title III Team's goal is to prepare educators with the knowledge and resources they need to meet the diverse needs of MLs. Characteristics of our training offerings include:

  • Face-to-face, online, and blended formats
  • Customization for diverse audiences including, ML teachers, general education/content teachers, and administrators
  • Certificates of attendance to submit to school districts for license renewal credit

View the accordion below to see more information about professional learning opportunities.

To request support for your PSU, please contact the NCDPI ML/Title III Team at

Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference

The NCDPI ML/Title III Team hosts the Growing Success for MLs Summer Conference, an annual event for all ML educators. The 2024 summer conference will be held in three regional locations: one East, one West, and one Central.  Sessions will include state and local expertise. Please join our listserv to receive conference information, including dates and locations.

2024 Summer Conference

Make your plans now! Join experts from across the state and the Department of Public Instruction for the ML/Title III Growing Success for Multilingual Learners Summer Conference. This year's conference, themed "Unlocking the Power of Multilingual Learners for Academic Success," promises to be an inspiring and transformative experience.

Multiple Formats: We are offering two face-to-face locations and a virtual option. Whether you prefer the collaborative energy of in-person events or the flexibility of virtual participation, we've got you covered!

Dynamic Sessions: Engage in thought-provoking discussions led by experts in the field and DPI. Our carefully curated sessions cover a range of topics, from best practices and collaboration techniques to effective engagement with schools, families, and communities.

Networking Opportunities: Connect with fellow educators, exchange ideas, and build a supportive professional network!

  • West - Buncombe County in Asheville
    • In-person June 25th - 27th
    • Martin L. Nesbitt Discovery Academy
  • East - Pender County near Topsail Beach
    • In-person July 23rd - July 25th
    • Topsail High School
  • Virtual Setting: July 29th - 30th

View the registration link in the conference brochure. The conference schedule, complete with session descriptions, will be shared closer to the date.

Explore the tabs below to learn more about the professional learning opportunities currently available.

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The NCDPI ML/Title III offers workshops developed by WIDA. These WIDA Workshops cover a range of topics intended for a variety of audiences, from K-12 classroom teachers to ELD specialists, to district and school administrators. Face-to-face offerings allow participants to interact directly with WIDA staff and online workshops through Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) are available when and where it is convenient to participants, offering something for every educator of multilingual learners!

WIDA Workshops are free and available to all NC public school and charter school educators. Learn more about the WIDA professional learning offerings available this school year at 23-24 WIDA Workshops for NC Educators.

October 2023: Best Practices for Working with Newcomers (Recording | Slides)

January 2024: Reframing Education for Long-Term ELs (Recording | Slides)

January 2024: Advancing MLs Using the Science of Reading (Recording | Slides)

January 2024: Standards-Based Academic Language Development (Recording | Slides)

March 2024: Exploring Grading for Multilingual Learners (Recording | Slides)

April 2024: Academic Conversations with ACCESS Data Integration (Recording | Slides)

The NCDPI ML/Title III Team sponsors the English Language Development Support Team (ELDST), a cadre of current or previous North Carolina Public School employees with a strong understanding of effective theory-based concepts for best practices in ML student education. The ELDST offers professional learning and coaching opportunities across the state to train educators to personalize instruction for MLs learning new content in a second/non-native language (Adapted from NC State Plan for the ESSA, June 16, 2020).  The ELDST offers training and coaching opportunities on academic language development, second-language acquisition, literacy, authentic formative and summative assessments, technology integration, and data-driven decision-making for English learners (NC State Plan for the ESSA, June 16, 2020).

To request professional learning, please contact the ML/Title III Team.

Apply to Become an ELD Support Team Member

Application opens every two years in Spring. Check again for updates.

August 2023 (Recording | Slides)

October 2023 (Recording | Slides)

January 2024 (Slides


As part of the NCDPI ML/Title III Team's vision to build the capacity of all ML stakeholders in the state, the team sponsors educators to attend professional learning that enhances both knowledge and practice for meeting the needs of MLs. 

These sponsorships cover all expenses including registration, travel (mileage or airfare), ground transportation, lodging, meals, and classroom coverage, if applicable, per State guidelines.

Updated information for spring 2024 sponsorships is coming soon.

The NCDPI ML/Title III Team created online self-paced and facilitator-led modules for NC public school and charter school educators to access through the portal at Educators may access this portal using their UID number (usually 10 digits) and password; the same login information used to access PowerSchool and NCEES. - Data managers at the school level may provide assistance if the password is forgotten.

Once logged onto the NCEdCloud System, click on the NCEES Unified Talent icon and click on the Professional Development Tab to access the online offerings.

Current offerings include:

#15103 DL/I Book Study: Educating ELs for a Transformed World

A book study course designed for educators who want to learn more about dual language/immersion (DL/I) research and implementation through a close examination of the Thomas and Collier publications. This book study focuses on the first book, "Educating English Learners for a Transformed World," which is sometimes referred to as the "Blue Book," and it looks at the design, implementation, and assessment of educational programming for English Learners (ELs).

#16665 Introduction to LinguaFolio Training

This course is organized into eight modules that provide an overview of LinguaFolio as a formative assessment tool that helps learners: Assess their language competencies, document their intercultural activities, and become reflective and autonomous in their language learning. This 8 module course will take approximately 10 hours to complete and is worth 1 CEU upon completion.

#235 The WIDA English Language Development Standards: Self-Paced

NCDPI created a comprehensive series of professional development modules for expanded WIDA Professional Development state-wide. Supporting the focus on college and career-ready students, the distance education platform and module format facilitate the course for a variety of participants, such as in-service content teachers, ESL educators, school administrators, and district-level professionals.