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Learn about the people of WIDA

WIDA's diverse staff hail from around the world to around the corner. A number of our researchers and developers are nationally known experts in the fields of language development, education policy and psychometrics. Many of our professional staff are former teachers themselves, or have personal or career backgrounds in language arts or linguistics. What all WIDA staff have in common is a shared commitment to social justice for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

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James Mitchell

Assistant Researcher
Phone:
(608) 262-5725
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Jennifer Wilfrid

Senior Outreach Specialist
Phone:
(608) 890-4637
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Laurene Christensen

Researcher
Phone:
(612) 275-6238
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Lynn Shafer Willner

Researcher, ELD Standards and Accessibility
Phone:
(202) 337-2189
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Madina Djuraeva

Project Assistant
Phone:
(608) 609-3331
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Mariana Castro

Deputy Director
Phone:
(608) 263-3976
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Rita MacDonald

Academic English Language Researcher
Phone:
(608) 890-4484
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Rosalie Grant

Assistant Scientist
Phone:
(608) 890-3140
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Ruslana Westerlund

Associate Researcher
Phone:
(608) 262-5315
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