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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!

Using interim assessment data to measure the pandemic's impact on multilingual learners

July 7, 2021

Right now, there is a national spotlight on leveraging K–12 assessment data to measure the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on multilingual learners and to advance equity in education. But where should schools and districts begin? WIDA has a solution, WIDA MODEL, our on-demand interim assessment. As your students return to in-person learning, use WIDA MODEL to gain an understanding of your multilingual students' immediate learning needs.

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Instruction in Spanish: Las prácticas de la disciplina del Marco ALE

July 7, 2021

This article presents two practices of the Marco ALE with examples and ideas for use in the classroom.

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Instrucción en español: Las prácticas de la disciplina del Marco ALE

July 7, 2021

Este artículo de WIDA Español presenta dos prácticas de la disciplina del Marco ALE con ejemplos e ideas para su uso en el salón de clases.

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Redesigned WIDA Secure Portal: Coming September 2021

July 6, 2021

The WIDA Secure Portal is getting a makeover! Learn about what’s changing, what you can do to get ready and upcoming opportunities to get more information. The redesigned portal goes live on September 1, 2021.

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WIDA's Erika Rosales wins $110K Wisconsin Idea Grant to help DREAMers

June 25, 2021

Erika Rosales, WIDA human resources coordinator, is the recipient of a two-year, $110,000 grant from the Baldwin Wisconsin Idea Endowment to create the "Center for DREAMers at UW" with Erin Barbato, director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at UW Law School.

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Conversations with Tim: A student’s perspective on living and learning during the pandemic

June 4, 2021

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Hazel Mendoza, a multilingual learner and high school student who gives voice to what it’s been like to live and learn during the pandemic.

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June 2021 Featured Educator: Laura Barry

June 3, 2021

Laura Barry is an English language learner teacher and French teacher at Absegami High School in Galloway, New Jersey. This is Laura’s 14th year teaching.

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WIDA Early Years partners with district to develop and deliver professional learning for PreK staff

June 2, 2021

This month, the WIDA Early Years team shares insights from a local team of leaders and coaches. WIDA Early Years partnered with Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland to develop and deliver professional learning for PreK teachers centered on a language-focused approach to supporting young multilingual children and their families.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen to headline 2021 WIDA eConference

May 19, 2021

Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer, is set to deliver the keynote address at the 2021 WIDA eConference on October 14. During his address, Nguyen will talk about his experience as a refugee in America and his work to advocate for Asian American Pacific Islanders.

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WIDA Screener for Kindergarten: Answers to frequently asked questions

May 19, 2021

Did you miss the live WIDA Screener for Kindergarten Q&A Webinar? Not to worry! Check out this compilation of the most frequently asked questions and their accompanying answers from the webinar.

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