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.

Meet Educator Alma Maldonado from Virginia

Alma Maldonado was a multilingual student herself. Her experiences motivate her to help the students and families in her community. "I love my job as an ESL teacher because I see myself in all the English Language Learners I come into contact with. WIDA has helped me stay focused and on track with language goals throughout the school year.  Before WIDA was introduced to Virginia..."   Read More

Last Call for WIDA Annual Conference Proposals

Time is running out to submit your proposal(s) to present at the 2019 WIDA Annual Conference on October 15-18, 2019 in Providence, RI. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your expertise at the premier conference for educators of PreK-Grade 12 multilingual learners!

Click here to submit your proposal by January 6th.

Language-focused Family Engagement Workshop

WIDA is excited to announce the first offering of a two-day workshop on language-focused family engagement. This workshop is open to early care and education and K-12 educators who serve multilingual children and youth. Download the workshop flyer for details.

Frequently Asked Question of the Month

How do I print my student’s test tickets and/or view tier placement reports?

Anyone with the proper permissions on their WIDA AMS account can complete these tasks in the Test Management tab within the WIDA AMS. To learn how to print test tickets and/or view tier placement reports, watch our short WIDA AMS videos or view the WIDA AMS User Guide for detailed step-by-step directions. You will need to be logged into the WIDA Secure Portal to have access to these materials.

WIDA Careers


Deadline to Apply: January 10, 2019

WIDA is hiring one or more researchers with expertise in quantitative research methods.  The ideal candidate would have experience conducting research on educational and social inequality, addressing the educational experiences and outcomes of multilingual and/or immigrant-origin children and youth populations. More information, including application requirements, is available on the Jobs at UW-Madison Website.

Assistant Director of State Relations

Deadline to Apply: January 10, 2019

Under the direction of the Director of Client Relations, this position is responsible for overseeing a team of State Relations Specialists, maintaining relationships with member state education agencies, and collaborating within WIDA to ensure the clients' feedback is part consortium products and services. The ideal candidate will come from an education background, whether that be education policy work, consulting to clients in education, or working as an educator or education administrator.  More information, including application requirements, is available on the Jobs at UW-Madison Website.

Registration Now Open for 2019 WIDA Workshops

Join us at the following WIDA workshops for LEAs in February and March! To learn more and register, visit the WIDA Workshops website.

  • Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students (1-day)
    Platteville, WI | February 15, 2019
  • Differentiation for Linguistically Diverse Students (2-day)
    Madison, WI | February 26-27, 2019
  • Exploring Standards for Equitable Bilingual Education
    Boulder, CO | March 19-20, 2019 (Early bird pricing ends Jan. 18th!)
  • Introduction to the WIDA Standards (1-day)
    Baltimore, MD | March 26, 2019
  • Purposeful Lesson Planning for Language Learners (2-day)
    Baltimore, MD | March 27-28, 2019

Learn more and register