WIDA Fellows

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Classroom teachers sharing expertise with WIDA to serve multilingual learners

The WIDA Fellows program brings expert teachers and WIDA professional learning specialists together in a collaborative effort to enhance the development of WIDA professional learning offerings. WIDA fellows serve as classroom implementation experts and critical friends to the WIDA professional learning design team. Together, we honor the process of collaboration and inquiry.

Nominate an Exceptional Educator

Do you work with someone who is an exemplary teacher of bilingual and/or multicultural learners? Would they thrive in a growing professional learning community? Would they provide constructive guidance and feedback on the development of professional learning offerings? If so, nominate a WIDA fellow today!

Selected candidates to the WIDA Fellows program serve for one year and have the option to continue for a second. Benefits and participation requirements include

  • A $2,000 stipend and a waiver of the registration fee to attend the WIDA Annual Conference to learn and collaborate as a group
  • Exclusive invitation to conversations with scholars in the field of multilingual education
  • Collaborative exploration of common pedagogical topics of interest and participation via a monthly online PLC
  • Serving as a classroom implementation expert and critical friend to a specific professional learning design team
  • Sharing classroom practices and being featured in WIDA professional learning offerings and resources

Nomination Process

Nominations for the 2022-23 cohort are now closed. Nominees will be notified by July 29, 2022.


Twenty WIDA fellows from 14 states in the WIDA Consortium represent an array of expertise. Check out the 2021-22 WIDA Fellows Member Bios

WIDA established the Fellows program in 2019 to:

  • Recognize the contributions of excellent teachers
  • Leverage their expertise to provide guidance and feedback in the development of WIDA professional learning
  • Create a collaborative professional learning community (PLC) among expert practitioners and WIDA professional learning specialists