CLDE Professional Development

  • Current Professionally Licensed Educators

    To help better support students in Colorado who are English language learners, the State Board of Education adopted new rules in June 2018 requiring educators with elementary, mathsciencesocial studies and English language arts endorsements to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development (PD). Educators holding these endorsements must meet the new licensing requirement:

    • Within their next five-year license renewal period
      (For example, teachers holding a professional license that expires in September 2018 would need to meet the requirements by September 2023. See below for more examples of the timeline for meeting this requirement.)
    • Only once over the course of their professional licensure as a teacher in Colorado.

    What is the English Learner PD requirement

    Educators must demonstrate completion of training or professional development activities equivalent to 45 clock/contact hours or three semester hours in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education. Educators with previous CLD training or past experience can count it toward meeting their:

    1. new English Learner Professional Development requirement,
    2. their 90 clock hours of professional development requirement for renewing their educator license.

    Required areas to address in CLDE (Quality Standards)

    • 5.09 Quality Standard I: Educators are knowledgeable about CLD populations
    • 5.10 Quality Standard II: Educators should be knowledgeable in first and second language acquisition.
    • 5.11 Quality Standard III: Educators should understand literacy development for CLD students.
    • 5.12 Quality Standard IV: Educators are knowledgeable in the teaching strategies, including methods, materials, and assessment for CLD students.

    CDE Matrix and "How To" video

    This is a 15 minute video that CDE has provided to help walk you through filling out the matrix for license renewal.  


    2023-2024 Professional Learning Opportunities

    The Colorado Department of Education provides free workshops throughout the year, including WIDA facilitated eWorkshops, "Language, Literacy, and Access to Content 101", "Teaching Science to English Language Learners through Colorado English Proficiency Standards", and "Teaching Math to English Language Learners through Colorado English Proficiency Standards".


      Earn your 45-hour Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLD) certificate using Strategies modules!


    COMING SOON! In District Professional Learning Opportunities 2023-2024


    UCCS Professional Development Academy

    Sponsored by UCCS College of Education NEDU 5595: Foundations of ESL. Participants learn about the population of students learning English and are introduced to the theories, concepts, and research to support students learning English. 


    Online Professional Learning Opportunities

    SPARK Authentic Assessment of CLD Students

    SPARK Surprise You Have An English Language Learner

    SPARK Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners - Part 1, 2, and 3

    SPARK course can be accessed via


    ICMEE eWorkshops through University of Nebraska or UC Denver. eWorkshop is free to earn graduate credit there is a fee.

    eWorkshops for:

    All eWorkshops are about improving teaching and learning for bi/multilingual students across K-12 grade levels and classroom contexts. They were developed for professional learning communities of educators to engage in collaboratively and typically are ideal for groups of 3-10 educators interested in learning together.

    Each eWorkshop is divided into six units, and each unit takes about three hours to complete. eWorkshop participants may start and end their eWorkshop on any date of their choosing. eWorkshop participants collaborate to select the eWorkshop they would like to take and plan the timeline and approach for their participation.

    ICMEE workshops can be accessed via


    WIDA Self-Paced eWorkshops

    WIDA e-Learning Flyer

    Eight self-paced eWorkshops and 14 facilitated virtual workshops are available to educators in participating states from Sept. 1, 2022 – Aug. 31, 2023. The content is relevant for all educators: school leaders, coaches and facilitators, K-12 classroom teachers, ESL teachers and specialists, and professional learning communities.

    Virtual workshops are available under the Professional Learning tab within the WIDA Secure Portal (valid login required).

    • There is no limit to the number of participants, and participants can log in at any time, from any place.
    • To participate, educators must have a WIDA Secure Portal account.
    • Certificates of completion can be printed once an eWorkshop is completed. Participants are encouraged to download and/or forward certificates to their personal email as WIDA or CDE will not be able to reproduce certificates.

    If you have further questions please contact Inés Stabler at or ext. 3225