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Nominate an Educator

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!

May 2020 Featured Educator: Barbara Smith 

Barbara Smith is an ESL teacher at Waynesville R-VI East Elementary School in Waynesville, Missouri. Barbara has been at East Elementary for eight years and teaching for 19.

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WIDA News Extra May 2020

2020 WIDA Annual Conference Update from Tim Boals, WIDA Founder and Director

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WIDA News Extra April 2020

Family Connections through Home Languages: A Message from Tim Boals, WIDA Founder and Director

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WIDA News April 2020

The April 2020 edition of WIDA News includes a message from WIDA's Founder and Director, an interview with April's Featured Educator, an announcement about WIDA Secure Portal maintenance, downloadable WIDA resources, and more.

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April 2020 Featured Educator: Ryan Ariosa

Ryan Ariosa is an ESOL teacher and school test coordinator at Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, Maryland. Ryan teaches eighth graders.

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WIDA News Extra March 2020

A special message from Tim Boals, WIDA Founder and Director

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COVID-19 Response and Updates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, WIDA is taking measures to maintain service to our educators in a safe and practical way. WIDA is working with each of the 40 member states, territories and federal agencies of our domestic consortium to determine their specific plans relative to screening (including temporary remote alternatives) and assessment. WIDA also continues to work with WIDA Early Years member states and WIDA International School Consortium members to continue to best serve these communities.

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WIDA News March 2020

The March 2020 edition of WIDA News includes an announcement about the WIDA Annual Conference, an interview with March Featured Educators, an article about recent research by Making Science Multilingual, and more. 

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March 2020 Featured Educators: Jenna, Kelly, Shelley

This month, WIDA features three exceptional educators, Kelly Ebbesen, Jenna Putz and Shelley Sorenson, who teach in Arcadia, Wisconsin. All three educators teach English learners and have been teaching for a total of 28 years.

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WIDA News February 2020

The February 2020 edition of WIDA News includes an interview with February's Featured Educator, a news release about a $4 million U.S. Department of Education grant recently received by WIDA, an update on the WIDA ELD Standards 2020 Edition, and information on the WIDA School Improvement System. 


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