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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!

ICYMI: 2021 WIDA eConference Session Highlights

October 22, 2021

In case you missed it (ICYMI) live, we highlight some of the themes, chat box happenings and TIL (today I learned) takeaways from a selection of 2021 WIDA eConference sessions. Plus, we tell you how to find the session recordings.

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WIDA Voices from the Field: Collaboration as a tool  for equity and language development 

October 19, 2021

In this edition of Voices from the Field, guest authors and ESL and ELA educators Martha Boisselle and Kristen Leathers discuss how they use the WIDA ELD Standards Framework to bring the Big Idea of Collaboration to life. The article contains a sample unit map and conversation outline to illuminate the collaborative planning process.

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Maryland expands professional learning opportunities focused on young multilingual children

October 6, 2021

Leaders from the Maryland State Department of Education and Maryland state-approved trainers share the process they engaged in to design, develop, deliver and evaluate a series of state-approved trainings around the WIDA Early Years Essential Actions.

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WIDA Early Years welcomes Virginia as a member state

October 6, 2021

WIDA announces that the Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Early Childhood Care and Education has joined the WIDA Early Years member state network.

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WIDA Early Years partnership with Minnesota renewed

October 6, 2021

WIDA announces that the Minnesota Department of Educations’ Division of Early Learning Services has renewed its membership with the WIDA Early Years member state network.

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WIDA Early Years eLearning has moved!

October 1, 2021

WIDA Early Years eLearning has moved to the WIDA Secure Portal, a members-only hub for WIDA professional learning courses and resources. Learn more about WIDA Early Years eLearning, what changed, and how to create a WIDA Secure Portal account.

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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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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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