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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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February 2019 Featured Educator: Jori Ruff

This month's featured educators, Jori Ruff, works with Kindergarten through Grade 5 multilingual learners in Baraboo, Wisconsin. She was selected, in part, because of her dedication to raising achievement for all students by providing support to teachers in a coaching capacity and through professional development.

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Call for Nominations for WIDA Fellows

WIDA, in collaboration with the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education (ICMEE), announces a call for nominations for the first class of WIDA Fellows. In establishing these fellowships, WIDA and ICMEE formally acknowledge the invaluable role of exemplary teachers of bilingual and multilingual learners in advancing the field in collaboration with professional development and research partners.

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WIDA News January 2019

The January 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA Annual Conference last call for proposals, information about our new language-focused family engagement workshop, the question of the month and more.

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January 2019 Featured Educator: Alma Maldonado

This month’s featured educator, Alma Maldonado, works with K-5 multilingual learners in Dinwiddie, Virginia. She was a multilingual student herself and her experiences motivate her to help the students and families in her community.

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WIDA News December 2018

Announcing our call for proposals and reviewers for the 2019 WIDA Annual Conference, a new Focus Bulletin on language-focused family engagement, new reports from the ALTELLA project, and information about customer service holiday hours. 

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December 2018 Featured Educator: Angela Thoen

This month's featured educators, Angela Thoen, works with Grades 5-6 newcomers in Austin, Minnesota. She was selected because of her collaborative approach to newcomer education and the growth mindset she brings to her school.

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WIDA News November 2018

The November 2018 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA Annual Conference wrap-up and call for proposals, STEM for ELLs expanded outreach, the question of the month and more.

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November 2018 Featured Educator: Krista McInnis

This month we have the pleasure of introducing, Krista McInnis, an educator from one of the schools in WIDA’s International School Consortium, GEMS World Academy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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WIDA News October 2018 Extra

This WIDA News Extra for October 2018 includes information about our newest Consortium member and Focus Bulletin, our question of the month, and a final call to register for WIDA 2018 in Detroit.

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WIDA News October 2018

The October 2018 edition of WIDA News includes information about what's new with ACCESS, the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference, tips on the ACCESS writing domain, and upcoming WIDA Workshops.

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