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These are a few of your favorite WIDA things, 2021 style

December 9, 2021

As this calendar year ends, let’s take a quick peek at the WIDA topics, resources or pieces of research that you and your colleagues clicked on most in 2021.

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

November 29, 2021

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 (and, seriously, we will try to keep it brief because we know you don’t have time to look at one more thing).

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Conversations with Tim: Preserving indigenous languages and cultures

November 19, 2021

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Anton Treuer, an author and professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University. Together, Tim and Anton discuss the importance of preserving indigenous languages and cultures.

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Conversations with Tim: Serving underserved and undervalued students

November 3, 2021

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Carl Grant, a professor in the UW-Madison School of Education. Together, they talk about multicultural and antiracist education, and how to support underserved and undervalued students.

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Featured Student: Nallely Gonzalez

October 22, 2021

In this edition of WIDA Featured Student, we spotlight Nallely Gonzalez, a high school senior in Wisconsin and recent WIDA intern. Learn about what makes Nallely such a fabulous leader, and the things that excite her – like helping others and social justice.

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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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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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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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