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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!

October 2021 Featured Educator: Jovita Gandolfo

October 1, 2021

Jovita Gandolfo is a teacher of the Deaf and hard of hearing at La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only was Jovita nominated by a student (a first for Featured Educator), but she is also interviewed by that very same student! Learn more about Jovita by reading this question-and-answer style interview.

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Don’t forget: 2021 WIDA eConference features Pulitzer Prize-winning author, sessions on new WIDA resources

September 27, 2021

The 2021 WIDA eConference, which takes place on October 14, features a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. It also includes sessions led by and for educators, plus sessions on new WIDA resources – and how to use them in the classroom – like Marco ALE, a Spanish language arts framework, the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition and WIDA Screener for Kindergarten.

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WIDA Español lanza Marco ALE, el Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español de WIDA

September 27, 2021

Échele un vistazo al Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español de WIDA (Marco ALE). Marco ALE está disponible en dos documentos — Aplicación para la actualización y desarrollo de estándares y Aplicación para la enseñanza. Estos documentos sirven como guías para que educadores a nivel de estado, local, escolar y del salón usen el Marco ALE para el desarrollo de estándares e instrucción de las artes del lenguaje del español.

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Conversations with Tim: Instrucción en Español

September 24, 2021

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Cristina Alfaro, professor of dual language and English learner education at San Diego State University. Cristina lent her expertise to WIDA Español’s new Spanish language arts framework, Marco ALE, and she and Tim talk about the importance of instrucción en español.

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WIDA Español releases Marco ALE, a brand-new Spanish language arts framework

September 27, 2021

Check out Marco ALE, a Spanish language arts framework from WIDA! Available now are two Marco ALE documents — Aplicación para la actualización y desarrollo de estándares and Aplicación para la enseñanza. These documents inform Spanish language arts standards development and instruction and are meant to guide states, districts and teachers as they implement Marco ALE.

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Need help? Answers to top questions coming into the WIDA Client Services Center this fall

September 23, 2021

Need help getting into the redesigned WIDA Secure Portal or finding what you’re looking for as you screen students? Check out this list of answers to the most frequently asked questions coming into the WIDA Client Services Center.

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September 2021 Featured Educators: Jenn Henderson and Jill Kraft

September 8, 2021

Learn more about two featured educators: Jenn Henderson and Jill Kraft, instructional coaches and 2021 WIDA eConference presenters. Jenn and Jill teach at Aurora Central High School in Aurora, Colorado.

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Redesigned WIDA Secure Portal is live!

September 1, 2021

Learn how to use the redesigned WIDA Secure Portal, including where to find the assessment training, professional learning and resources that matter to you.

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Back to school 2021–22: Assess, teach, grow with WIDA

August 27, 2021

Want a quick synopsis of what you need to know to assess, teach and grow with WIDA this school year? Check out this back-to-school guide!

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What to know: WIDA assessments in 2021-22 school year

August 17, 2021

From what’s new to tips for testing, learn about using WIDA Screener, ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA MODEL during the 2021-22 school year.

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