Featured Educators’ go-to resources and tools
Browse this list of Featured Educator-recommended apps, websites and strategies that help you build students’ language skills, have fun in the classroom, collaborate with colleagues and stay connected with other educators.
Building language skills
- Ryan Ariosa (April 2020 Featured Educator) recommends:
- Reading Horizons for newcomers, which starts with phonics and helps develop sight words to sentence level to paragraph level
- Read 180 for helping multilingual learners with their academic language progress — especially within the writing domain
- Seesaw to help to track and gauge multilingual learners’ oral language development
- HeeGyoung Song (January 2021 Featured Educator) suggests:
- Madison Leech (June 2020 Featured Educator) proposes:
- Maja Flom (July 2021 Featured Educator) likes:
- WIDA MODEL to gather summative data in order to inform programmatic decision making
- Barbara Smith (May 2020 Featured Educator) uses:
- Gwendolyn Quadri (January 2020 Featured Educator) has found success using:
- Claudia Trillo (August 2020 Featured Educator) recommends:
- Understanding Language Proficiency to Develop Language Goals, Grades K-5 for helping students create goals for themselves
Having fun (while teaching and learning, of course)!
- Nicole Maier Reitz (February 2021 Featured Educator) found success using virtual reality headsets as a way to get students to experience something new, like a first-ever roller coaster ride, and turning her office into a Spanish library
- Laura Barry (June 2021 Featured Educator) recommends using Canva to create your own, personalized graphics
- Claudia Trillo likes using Ticket Out the Door to make sure students understand a concept
Collaborating with colleagues, students and families
- In October 2021 Featured Educator: Jovita Gandolfo, Jovita gives advice on including students and families in Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) meetings
- Ryan Ariosa recommends using Common curriculum to share, edit and make modifications to lesson plans in real time
- In September 2021 Featured Educators: Jenn Henderson and Jill Kraft, find out what Jenn and Jill, instructional coaches, have to say about creating and delivering stellar professional learning (hint: know your audience)
- Kifah Soheil (August 2021 Featured Educator) suggests that you make sure your colleagues are familiar with the WIDA Can Do Descriptors
- Lisa Mendoza (April 2021 Featured Educator) proposes using the WIDA English Language Standards Framework when you collaborate with content teachers
- Madison Leech says that TalkingPoints is a great tool for sending text messages to families
- Join the WIDA Educator Exchange to chat with educators from around the world
- Remember that you are not alone! Peruse all the great advice from your colleagues in North Carolina in March 2021 Featured Educators: North Carolina EL Teacher Network Leadership Team
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Note: WIDA as an organization does not advocate for or endorse any of the non-WIDA technologies for instruction. Schools, districts and states are responsible for making choices about appropriate and applicable technologies and products.