Director of WIDA Español/Assistant Director of Consortium Relations
Sam tiene un bachillerato en Educación primaria con un enfoque bilingüe y bicultural de la Universidad Northeastern Illinois y una maestría en Estudios de segundo idioma con una concentración en Política y practica del lenguaje de la Universidad de Hawai‘i en Manoa.
Samuel Aguirre is the Director of WIDA Español and Assistant Director of Consortium Relations. In this position, Sam bridges Spanish language development with English language development to support bilingual education of students in the United States and abroad. For WIDA Español, Sam manages the research, development, and delivery of WIDA resources focused on Spanish language development. His work oversees major areas, including those of a framework for Spanish language arts, standards for Spanish language development, professional learning opportunities, and Spanish language assessments. As Assistant Director of Consortium Relations, Sam leads WIDA’s Executive Committee, Subcommittees, and other consortium related activities. His life experiences as an emergent bilingual in the U.S., work as an educator in the classroom, advocate working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and director of multilingual services at a state education agency provide a strong foundation for his role at WIDA.
Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in Bilingual Bicultural Elementary Education from Northeastern Illinois University and a masters in Second Language Studies with a concentration in Engaged Language Policy and Practice from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.