International Newsletter: January 2021

WIDA All Year Long: January

In August we introduced Mr. Vega, an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher and one of his multilingual students, Sophia. Find out how Mr. Vega continues to collaborate with colleagues, students, and families during January.

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Voices from the Field: Promote student choice & voice to support and differentiate learning

In the January Voices from the Field article, Lindsay Kuhl (MYP ELL teacher, Canadian International School, Singapore), Jane Russell Valezy (MS EAL teacher, American International School of Budapest) and Esther Bettney (WIDA International Project Assistant) discuss promoting student choice and student voice to support and differentiate learning.

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WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: Q&A webinar series

The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: Kindergarten – Grade 12 is now available! Read on for information about learning opportunities for educators.

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New training materials for WIDA MODEL Online

As part of our commitment to provide ongoing enhancements to WIDA MODEL Online, new updated training materials are available for MODEL account holders.

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In WIDA News: January 2021

Interested in WIDA news and events beyond the international news? Visit the WIDA News page for articles on a variety of topics of interest to educators regardless of location.

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Taking action: Advancing social justice through the transformation of international schools

During the AIELOC and Women of Color in ELT conference in November, Mariana Castro and Christina Nelson pondered the question “What does social justice work look like in international schools?” For many educators, the answer to this question can be elusive or even daunting. One place to start this discussion is through a critical reflection of the ways in which a school is staffed, organized, and led.

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WIDA Resources and Research: January 2021

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research on a range of topics. See what’s new, review what you might have missed, or have a sneak peek at what is coming soon.

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(re)Tweet of the month: January 2021

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: In Memory of Troy Dassler

The WIDA community lost one of its brightest stars, Troy Dassler. Troy was a WIDA Professional Learning specialist who cared deeply for those around him and inspired educators around the world.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA MODEL

This month Fatima answers questions about mid-year testing with WIDA MODEL.

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Focus school: TASIS The American School in England

TASIS The American School in England is a co-educational, independent, boarding and day school with a student body representing over 50 nationalities. The school offers an American curriculum in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 12, together with Advanced Placement (AP) courses and the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program in grades 11 and 12. The school believes that every learner has the gift of innate curiosity that can be nurtured into life-long learning, and a strong commitment to building a vibrant, joyful, and healthy community of principled, open-minded, and compassionate global citizens is central to its overarching mission.

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Welcome International School Consortium members: January 2021

Please welcome the following schools who joined, or renewed memberships with, the WIDA International School Consortium last month.

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Conferences and professional learning

WIDA participates in many conferences and professional learning events around the world. Join us virtually at a number of events dedicated to leading the field in working with multilingual learners.

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