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WIDA's Featured Educator is a monthly feature article that highlights classroom, district, or state-level educators who are making a difference in the lives of multilingual learners. Nominate an outstanding colleague today!

Conversations with Tim: Get to know WIDA Screener for Kindergarten

April 12, 2021

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to WIDA test developers Mark Chapman and Marcy Olson about WIDA’s new assessment, WIDA Screener for Kindergarten. Together, they take a closer look at some of the test development work, field test data and the reasons everyone at WIDA is so excited about this new assessment.

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April 2021 Featured Educator: Lisa Mendoza 

April 6, 2021

Lisa Mendoza is an ESL teacher at Whiting Middle School and Whiting High School in Whiting, Indiana. This is Lisa’s 12th year in her position and 22nd year teaching.

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WIDA Early Years pilots state logic model development process

April 2, 2021

WIDA Early Years partnered with the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) to develop a logic model process for state initiatives focused on multilingual children and families.

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Conversations with Tim: Talking about Translanguaging

March 8, 2021

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Susana Johnson, an assistant professor in bilingual education and TESOL, about translanguaging. Together, they define translanguaging and how teachers can use this important tool in their classrooms and beyond.

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March 2021 Featured Educators: North Carolina EL Teacher Network Leadership Team

March 4, 2021

This month, WIDA features a team of educators! Get to know the North Carolina English Language Teacher Network Leadership Team as they work together to support each other and the teachers in their state who work with English language learners.

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Instrucción en español: Equidad y justicia social

March 3, 2021

Este artículo de WIDA Español explora la equidad y la justicia social a través de un análisis del Principio orientador número 9 de WIDA.

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Instruction in Spanish: Equity and social justice

March 3, 2021

This article by WIDA Español explores equity and social justice through the analysis of the WIDA Guiding Principle #9.

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WIDA Screener for Kindergarten: Get ready to use it, find out what’s available this spring

February 26, 2021

WIDA Screener for Kindergarten, WIDA’s new assessment that helps educators identify students as English learners as they start kindergarten or first grade, is almost here! Use this guide to get ready to use it and to find out what is available this spring.

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FAQ series: WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition

February 26, 2021

WIDA ELD Standards Framework team releases FAQ series on the 2020 Edition
Based on questions from educators across the world, this five-part series answers questions like What are the major shifts in the 2020 Edition? and How are the Key Language Uses (2020 Edition) different from the Can Do Descriptors, Key Uses Edition (2016)?

 

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Understanding ACCESS for ELLs 2021 scores

February 15, 2021

Use this guide to learn about the impact of the pandemic on ACCESS for ELLs and the implications for student scores.

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