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This graphic represents the process for educators to share their ideas with WIDA. The process begins with educators’ input: an educator comes up with an idea and contacts their SEA representative. Then, the SEA shares the information with the appropriate WIDA committees for further review. Next, the& WIDA committees review the idea and make a recommendation to WIDA. Finally, WIDA reviews the recommendation, makes a decision and shares it back with SEAs and educators.
This layered triangle illustrates the point that there are three types of accessibility support available to all students taking WIDA assessments. The wide base of the triangle is universal design, indicating the foundational idea that all students receive test items that have been developed using universal design principles. The next layer is administrative considerations, indicating flexibility in the timing, scheduling and setting of the test, if necessary. The layer below the top is universal tools, indicating that tools such as color contrast, highlighter, magnifier and line guides are available to all students taking the test but are generally selected for use by a smaller subset of students. The top layer of the triangle is accommodations, which are only available to the smallest subset of students – those who have a designated Individual Education Program or 504 plan.
This staircase-like graphic illustrates the WIDA alternate English language proficiency levels for student performance on the Alternate Access for ELLs test. There are six squares, each labeled with one of the six Alternate Proficiency Levels: A1 Initiating, A2 Exploring, A3 Engaging, P1 Entering, P2 Emerging and P3 - Developing (which is used only with the Writing section of the test). The squares for the first four levels (A1 through P1) are arranged in a horizontal row. P2 is positioned a forward step up. Level P3 is positioned another forward step up. The three-step orientation from P1 through P3 indicate score levels for students who might be better served by taking the ACCESS for ELLs test, rather than the Alternate Access for ELLs test.
The can-do philosophy permeates everything that we do at WIDA. Assessment, professional learning, standards. And bringing content and language together is always, always to build upon the assets that children have.
With anything that we do at WIDA, we're constantly thinking about how we can honor and not just celebrate. But really use the assets that children are bringing to the classroom.
Culturally, linguistic, cognitive, and academic. Kids come into our classrooms with many ways of knowing, many ways of learning. And many different experiences that can enrich what we're already doing.
Teachers bring to the classroom a lot of experiences also. And a lot of ways of knowing and doing things that also benefit the classroom.
Our can-do philosophy has many tools built around it. To help you understand and create language-rich, literacy-rich, and culturally appropriate classrooms. And it turns out those classrooms are good for all kids. They're engaging classrooms that work for every learner in your school. But they're particularly important for English language learners. Who need to learn English, but they also have to keep up with rigorous academic content.
We want to make sure that indeed, this can-do philosophy is very much a part of the educational fabric and is infused in everything we do. And you do.
Our can-do philosophy really exemplifies who we are as educators. And how our multilingual learners are indeed a tremendous resource. How their contributions, not only to teaching and learning, but to our educational communities. And to the world.
Educators are lifelong learners. We use our passion to fuel our work inside and outside of the classroom. That's why WIDA, a trusted name in the field of multilingual learner education and assessment, has developed new high-quality, on-demand professional learning.
With WIDA's self-paced eWorkshops, you have access to professional learning that you can complete when you want, where you want, and at your own pace. Complete WIDA eWorkshops individually, or deepen your experience with your local professional learning community.
From eWorkshops titles ranging from Engaging Newcomer Multilingual Learners to Doing and Talking STEM, explore instructional strategies and use proven tools to help multilingual learners succeed.
No matter where you are in your career, there is a WIDA eWorkshop for you. School and district leaders, K-12 classroom teachers, and ESL specialists can put their learning into action immediately.
Accessing the self-paced eWorkshops is easy. With a quick login to your WIDA secure portal account, you'll have unlimited access to our WIDA eLearning center. That means no travel and no cost to you.
WIDA developed eWorkshops to be interactive, engaging, and easy to use. Watch videos, download resources to use in your classroom with your students and colleagues, and track your progress so you can pick up right where you left off. When you're finished, print a certificate to document your eWorkshop completion.
WIDA's knowledgeable client services center representatives are available by email and phone to support you and keep your learning moving forward. So what are you waiting for? Continue your journey as a lifelong learner, and start WIDA eLearning today.
Thank you for your interest in this website walkthrough video that will offer some tips to help you find information and resources.
First, we’ll point out the kinds of information you can find in the four key WIDA websites, depending on your member account permissions: the public site at wida.wisc.edu, the WIDA Secure Portal at portal.wida.us, the International Secure Portal for our International School Consortium members, and the WIDA Assessment Management System, or WIDA-AMS, run by our vendor partner, DRC.
The WIDA Secure Portal is a one-stop-shop for details on WIDA assessment training and administration. This Portal is for WIDA Consortium members, including test administrators, technology coordinators, district test coordinators and SEAs. Here, you’ll find ACCESS and Screener training courses and test administrator manuals, as well as recorded webinars. The Secure Portal also serves as a gateway to the WIDA eLearning Center.
WIDA-AMS contains all assessment management materials, including technology guides, test demos and test tickets. This system is only used by WIDA Consortium members.
International School Consortium members use the International Secure Portal to find Screener Paper and MODEL training, as well as test administration resources.
The main public-facing website contains everything else related to our products and services, including the popular parent letters and can do name charts. You can find important state-specific resources on your member/state page, including the ACCESS for ELLs Checklist. You can open the main menus to find Screener and MODEL Score Calculators, Can Do Descriptors and Name Charts, and Professional Learning workshops.
We hope this video was helpful and encourage you to share with your colleagues. As always, if you have questions, please contact our Client Services Center representatives who are here to assist you in finding the resources you need.