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WIDA's Featured Educator is a monthly feature article that highlights classroom, district, or state-level educators who are making a difference in the lives of multilingual learners. Nominate an outstanding colleague today!

March 2023 Featured Educator: Adriane Cioppa

March 13, 2023

Meet... Adriane Cioppa! Adriane is an English as a Second Language (ESL) specialist at John F. Kennedy School and Next Wave/Full Circle Schools in Somerville, Massachusetts. Read this edition of Featured Educator to uncover the teaching tactics Adriane uses in her classroom, plus learn how she supports multilingual learners with cognitive disabilities and collaborates with colleagues.

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WIDA International School Consortium to transition to new Multilingual Learning Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

February 17, 2023

The research center will be housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and include a new membership-based global research-practice network. The center launches this summer.

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Conversations with Tim: Collaboration: The power of working together to serve students

February 10, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to expert collaborators Andrea Honigsfeld and Jon Nordmeyer. Together, they discuss how collaboration among colleagues can transform student learning and school communities. Plus, they talk about why collaboration has the potential to make your teaching and learning even more fun!

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Updated guidance from the US ED for supporting multilingual learners with ESSER funds

February 9, 2023

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new guidance about how funding under the ESSER program may be used in response to the impact of COVID-19 on multilingual learners. This article focuses on how WIDA MODEL, an interim English language proficiency assessment, meets some of the new criteria from the US ED’s guidance.

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Need help finding info on ACCESS for ELLs?

December 14, 2022

Need help finding info on ACCESS for ELLs? The WIDA Client Services Center is here for you. In this article, they answer the top questions coming in about ACCESS. Read the article to learn things like where to go to get a WIDA Secure Portal account, find your testing window, and more!

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Conversations with Tim: Building classroom communities

December 13, 2022

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Jessica Lee Stovall and Rita Kamani-Renedo. Jessica and Rita are working on doctorate degrees at Stanford Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Together, they discuss building classroom communities – everything from the how to the why. Plus, Jessica and Rita share their thoughts on how to stay engaged and excited about teaching.

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know: ACCESS for ELLs

November 7, 2022

Are you new to ACCESS for ELLs? Have you administered an ACCESS for ELLs test before but can’t remember where to find things like training, test prep and test materials? Look no further than this brief reference to all things ACCESS for ELLs.

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Featured Interns: Jeanne Beck and Wenyue Ma

November 7, 2022

Meet Jeanne Beck and Wenyue Ma, the 2022 WIDA Summer Research Interns! Jeanne and Wenyue are graduate students who spent the summer working with the WIDA assessment team. Read this interview to get to know Jeanne and Wenyue and what they worked on during their internships.

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WIDA Voices from the Field: Focus of Instruction

October 21, 2022

In this edition of the Voices from the Field article series, Molly Ross, sheltered English immersion instructional coach, and Kait Zanzerkia, elementary ELD teacher, reflect on their past teaching practices and discuss how their English language development department spent the past year familiarizing themselves with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, and identifying ways to create units based on the ELD Standards Framework.

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Conversations with Tim: New research on multilingual students guides recommendations, actions for educators

October 14, 2022

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Mariana Castro, Nelson Flores and Sam Aguirre. Together, they discuss their work examining research on multilingual students and the practical recommendations and actions that educators can use to advocate for and enhance their success.

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