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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!

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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Registration is open for the WIDA eConference

May 10, 2021

WIDA is excited to present the 2021 WIDA eConference. This one-day event will include 20 live sessions with interactive breakout groups and a keynote speaker.

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Instruction in Spanish: Mindfulness, a tool to alleviate stress and increase language retention

May 6, 2021

This article by the WIDA Español team discusses mindfulness as a tool to increase language and content learning.

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Instrucción en español: La atención plena, una herramienta para disminuir el estrés y mejorar la retención del lenguaje 

May 6, 2021

Este artículo de WIDA Español discute cómo la práctica de atención plena sirve como herramienta para aumentar el aprendizaje del lenguaje y contenido académico.

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May 2021 Featured Educator: Marsia Tucci 

May 5, 2021

Marsia Tucci is a fifth grade ESOL resource teacher at Jupiter Elementary School in Jupiter, Florida. This is Marsia’s seventh year as an ESOL teacher and 29th year teaching.

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