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Working together to support educators of multilingual learners

WIDA's dedicated staff ensure that our products and services are:

  • Developed and maintained with the end user in mind
  • Relevant, accessible and easy to understand
  • Presented in a consistent way across all mediums and venues
  • Connected with each other as a system


The Assessment team oversees the development, delivery, scoring and reporting of the ACCESS for ELLs suite of assessments (Online, Paper, Kindergarten and Alternate). The team also

  • Maintains the WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL tests
  • Drives innovation in test development and delivery
  • Conducts validity research to ensure assessments accomplish their goals
  • Conducts research to ensure assessment results are used correctly
  • Provides technical assistance to member states regarding English language proficiency assessment policy, use and implementation

Communications and Marketing

The Communications and Marketing team oversees all communication about WIDA resources, products, services and events to educators of multilingual learners. Included in this team are

  • Communications and Marketing, which creates and disseminates WIDA’s digital and print communications, and oversees the WIDA Annual Conference
  • Client Services Center, which provides support to everyone who contacts WIDA with their questions and feedback
  • Marketing Research, which gathers insights and feedback to ensure WIDA is meeting the needs of our educators

Consortium and State Relations

The Consortium and State Relations team develops and maintains relationships with member state education agencies by

  • Supporting and facilitating member agencies’ collaboration with each other and with WIDA
  • Directing and supporting subcommittees, Executive Committee, Board Meeting and other Consortium-wide activities, communications and events
  • Collaborating within WIDA to ensure that states’ feedback is part of Consortium products and services
  • Supporting member agencies with resources, communications and answers to their questions

Educator Learning, Research and Practice (ELRP)

The ELRP team works to foster equitable educational opportunities for multilingual children and youth through research and the development of innovative educator resources, and meaningful and transformative online and face-to-face professional learning experiences.

Our aim is to build knowledge and support practice by carrying out rigorous, relevant research and developing high-quality instructional resources so that educators

  • Understand and implement the WIDA Standards Framework at state, district, school and classroom levels of implementation
  • Understand and implement WIDA Assessment resources and tools at all levels of implementation
  • Gain pedagogical expertise and skills to implement culturally and linguistically responsive teaching approaches with multilingual learners
  • Sharpen leadership skills to better serve multilingual learners and their families

Operations and Information Technology (IT)

Operations and IT encompasses those functions that support the entire organization, and also includes WIDA executive leadership. This team is made up of

  • Executive Leadership – WIDA executive director, WIDA deputy director
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Finance and Contracts
  • Project Management

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WIDA’s leadership team brings extensive expertise in the fields of language education, test development, research, policy, and more.

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