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WIDA's Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how they are making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with "Featured Educator Nomination" in the subject line.

Briefly tell us why you think they are doing an amazing job. Please include the person's name, what they do, and contact information we can use to set up an interview. Thank you for helping us feature amazing educators of language learners.

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WIDA News is sent once a month – with occasional "extra" editions during busy times – to educators, administrators and early childhood program leaders in WIDA Consortium member states and subscribers in non-WIDA member states.

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October 2019 Featured Educator: Sheila Hickman

This month’s featured educator, Sheila Hickman, is a high school ESL teacher in New Jersey. She was recommended by her district’s Social Studies Department Chair who describes Sheila as a highly effective, innovative advocate for English Language Learners.

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WIDA News September 2019

The September 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA MODEL Awareness Week, information on the WIDA School Improvement System, upcoming professional learning events, and more!

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September 2019 Featured Educator: Marie Hennemann

This month's featured educator, Marie Hennemann, is an ESL teacher for grades K-6 at Eulalie R. Rivera Elementary School in Frederiksted, USVI.

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WIDA News August 2019

The August 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA Screener Awareness Week, information on the WIDA School Improvement System, upcoming professional learning events, and more!

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WIDA News July 2019

The July 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, the release of the 2019 WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development, professional learning opportunities, WIDA website and Secure Portal updates, and more!

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August 2019 Featured Educator: Deborah White

This month's featured educator, Deborah White, is an ESL teacher for grades K-2 at Noel Primary School in Noel, Missouri. 

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WIDA News June 2019

The June 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA spring cleaning, an introduction to the WIDA School Improvement System, upcoming professional learning opportunities, and much more!

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July 2019 Featured Educator: Sandra García de la Noceda

This month's featured educator, Sandra García de la Noceda, is the Dual Language Coordinator for Cholee Lake Elementary in the Palm Beach School District in Florida. She trains and is responsible for finding materials that are rigorous and interesting.

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New Search and Resource Library Features

The WIDA Web Team is pleased to announce that, based on significant user feedback, we have made several upgrades to search functionality on the public WIDA website.

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June 2019 Featured Educator: Brenda Hamel

This month's featured educator, Brenda Hamel, works as an ESL/Bilingual Resource Teacher (BRT) for 3rd through 5th grade English Learners (ELs) in Madison, WI. She has taught for 30 years across all grade levels, including adults.

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