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WIDA News Extra January 2020

The January 2020 edition of WIDA News Extra includes an interview with January's Featured Educator, a last call for WIDA Conference proposals, and information about WIDA professional learning opportunities in 2020.

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January 2020 Featured Educator: Gwendolyn Quadri

Gwendolyn Quadri is an ESL specialist at West Lee Middle School in Sanford, North Carolina. Gwendolyn is in her ninth year of teaching and fifth year at West Lee.

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WIDA News January 2020

The January 2020 edition of WIDA News includes reminders about the WIDA ELD Standards public input survey and the proposal deadline for the 2020 WIDA Annual Conference.

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WIDA News December 2019

The December 2019 edition of WIDA News includes an interview with December's Featured Educator, a reminder about Standards Public Input Survey, a New Focus Bulletin on Oral Language, upcoming professional learning events and more.

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December 2019 Featured Educator: Barbara Kwan

Barbara Kwan is an ESL teacher for K-5 students at Horace Mann Elementary School in Newton, Massachusetts. Barbara has taught English language learners in Newton Public Schools for over seven years and is in her third year at Horace Mann.

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News Release: WIDA Seeks Input on English Language Development Standards Edition 2020

WIDA is developing a 2020 edition of its English Language Development Standards. At this stage in the process, WIDA seeks input from the public to help ensure the standards serve as an important tool for the multilingual community.

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WIDA News November 2019

The November 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, a reminder about Standards Public Input Survey, WIDA MODEL Field Testing, upcoming professional learning events and more.

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November 2019 Featured Educator: Lori Menning

Lori Menning is the English Learner, Bilingual-Bicultural and World Language Consultant for Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 6 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She is a strong advocate for language learners at the local, state, and national level.

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WIDA News October 2019

The October 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, an announcement about Advancing ATELLA: Alternative ACCESS Redesign project, information about the WIDA School Improvement System, upcoming professional learning events and more.

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October 2019 Featured Educator: Sheila Hickman

This month’s featured educator, Sheila Hickman, is a high school ESL teacher in New Jersey. She was recommended by her district’s Social Studies Department Chair who describes Sheila as a highly effective, innovative advocate for English Language Learners.

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