For this webinar series, participants will automatically be enrolled in all 5 sessions.


Dana Gastich French, M.A., Founder & Lead Consultant, UpRiver Education


UpRiver Education invites K-12 educators to our comprehensive 5-part webinar series, “Best Practices for Multilingual Learners.” This webinar series will delve into the core principles of the WIDA 2020 framework, exploring its “Four Big Ideas” and the ELD Standards Framework. Participants will gain valuable insights and practical strategies for integrating principles into their teaching or administrative practices, ensuring best outcomes for multilingual learners.

To receive PDPs and CEUs, participants must attend all 5 sessions and successfully pass a quiz following Session 5. Following the live webinar, registrants will be emailed a link to view the recorded webinar. The recording will be made available for 7 days after each session. If you are not eligible for PDPs and/or CEUs, you may apply for a Certificate of Attendance.

Participants will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the WIDA 2020 framework, exploring its key components and principles in a way that reduces the overwhelm commonly associated with WIDA.

With a specific focus on two of the 4 Big Ideas, Equity and Integration, participants will explore how these themes play out across educational contexts and how they integrate with WIDA and other pedagogical principles.

The final two of the four Big Ideas, Functional Approach and Collaboration, will be explored in depth in this session. This session will guide participants through practical applications, demonstrating how to implement a functional language approach and foster collaborative efforts among educators to enhance language, academic and social outcomes.

This session will provide an in-depth exploration of the English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework within WIDA. Participants will examine the nuances of language development, gaining insights into effective instructional strategies and assessment methods aligned with the framework. Special attention to the Key Language Uses, Language Expectations and Proficiency Level Descriptors as tools to inform practice will be given.

This session focuses on translating knowledge into action. Participants will engage in the development of personalized action plans, with the goal of integrating WIDA principles into their teaching or administrative practices.

About the Speaker

Dana Gastich French, M.A., founder and lead consultant for UpRiver Education, has 20+ years of experience educating and advocating for emergent multilingual students. Her work in teaching, coaching and leadership roles has afforded her the experience and perspective to understand both the pedagogical and system-level practices needed to maximize outcomes for multilingual learners. Ms. Gastich French supports districts, universities and state agencies with training, coaching, ESL curriculum, and consultation. Popular topics include sheltered instruction, ESL team training, and leadership support for ELE programming. Further, she has experience evaluating district data, policies and practices to develop and enact multi-year strategic plans for district improvement. Ms. Gastich French co-authored the text Teaching English Language Learners: Content and Language in Secondary Classrooms, which has served as a staple for Massachusetts level educator preparation programs. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband, three children, two pups and a tortoise. Go to to learn more and find out how you can reach out to bring Dana to your district.

Membership Information

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PDPs and CEUs

MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (Provider No. F20180079). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for most MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued in 10 hour increments, per DESE requirements.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approve each event individually. CEUs may be given in hourly increments.

Event Cancellation Policy

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If you are seeking to receive CEUs and/or PDPs, please click Register Now. Once you complete the webinar series, you will be able to take quizzes for CEUs and/or PDPs. Upon completion of each quiz, you will receive a certificate.

All sessions are 9:30 – 11:30 am

  • Session 1: April 26, 2024, Introduction to the K-12 English Language Development Framework (WIDA)
  • Session 2: May 10,2024, Unpacking the 4 Big Ideas: Equity & Integration
  • Session 3: May 17, 2024, Unpacking the 4 Big Ideas: Functional Approach & Collaboration
  • Session 4: May 24, 2024, The ELD Standards Framework: Diving into Language
  • Session 5: June 7, 2024, Action Planning and Implementation