WIDA News February 2019

The February 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA Fellows Nominations, information about our summer academies, and the answer of the month from our Client Services team.

Meet Educator Jori Ruff from Wisconsin

Jori Ruff has known she wanted to be a teacher since she was in second grade. Three years of teaching in Guatemala raised her interest in helping ELLs. Now, Jori says the one strategy that she has found to be effective in teaching language learners is ensuring that all educators understand the role of language learning within... Read More

WIDA Fellows Nominations

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. All nominees must be exemplary teachers of bilingual and/or multilingual learners and must be willing to participate in the 2019 WIDA Fellows annual meeting. Self-nominations will not be accepted.

To nominate an educator, complete the WIDA Fellows Nomination Form.

Register Now for Summer Academies

Writing with Multilingual Learners in the Elementary Grades Academy

​In this interactive Academy, we will explore a pedagogical approach that apprentices multilingual learners into writing in various academic genres. Specifically, we’ll look at examples of this in science and consider how this approach develops multilingual learners’ writing skills and their awareness about...

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Administrator Academy: Leading Schools for Multilingual Learner Achievement

Leading schools with a focus on language learner achievement means that the entire school community shares a commitment to creating equitable opportunities to learn and for academic language development. This Academy will emphasize the importance of cultivating the collaborative relationships between...

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Client Services Answer of the Month

Question: What do I do if a student is entered into WIDA AMS for an ACCESS for ELLs test session and they are not taking the online version of the assessment?

Answer: If you run into a situation where a student was entered into a WIDA AMS test session but doesn’t actually need to take the online version of the ACCESS for ELLs assessment, all you need to do is remove the student from the assigned test sessions.

You can find instructions about how to remove students from a test session in the section of the WIDA AMS User Guide that covers editing test sessions (pg. 107). We also have a two minute video that will walk you through how to accomplish this task.

If you still experience difficulty, contact our Client Services Center at help@wida.us or 866-276-7735.

Register Now for WIDA Español Workshops

These open enrollment workshops are designed to be an engaging learning experience, providing educators of multilingual learners with immediate classroom application. Ideal for individuals and small groups of educators to attend.

Here is a list of upcoming events:

  • WIDA Español Pedagogía con Respeto: Using WIDA Standards and Tools to Support Multilingual Students (1-day)
    Joliet, IL | April 11,
  • 2019 WIDA Español Pedagogía con Respeto: Pairing Languages and Standards to Advance Student Learning (2-day)
    Madison, WI | May 1-2, 2019
  • WIDA Español: Differentiation for Multilingual Learners (1-day)
    Atlanta, GA | May 29, 2019
  • WIDA Español: Differentiation for Multilingual Learners (1-day)
    Madison, WI | July 17, 2019

Workshop Details and Registration