International Newsletter: July 2019

New Focus Bulletin: IB x WIDA

Hot off the press! This new WIDA Focus Bulletin illustrates how educators in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools are integrating WIDA resources as they design lessons for multilingual learners.

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New and Improved WIDA Website Searching

The WIDA web team is pleased to announce that, based on significant user feedback, we have made several improvements to search functionality on the public WIDA website,

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WIDA MODEL Online Writing Field Test

Get involved with enhancements for WIDA MODEL Online.

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Does Your Website Include the WIDA Logo?

Members of the WIDA International School Consortium are encouraged to display the WIDA logo on their school website. Celebrate your school’s commitment to multilingual learners and what they Can Do, while signaling to potential families and other educators your partnership with a leader in research, design and implementation of high-quality resources and assessments.

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Spotlight: Heather Elliott

Heather Elliott is part of the WIDA assessment team. Heather specializes in content for Grades 6-12, with a particular focus on the assessment of writing. She has worked on many WIDA assessment projects, including annual updates to ACCESS for ELLs, the launch of WIDA Screener, and an in-progress content refresh for WIDA MODEL Online. She also contributes to additional test materials such as guides to score reports, online training courses and annual updates.

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Ask Fatima: eLearning and Family Engagement

This month, Fatima answers questions about certificates for attending WIDA Professional Development, eLearning and family engagement.

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New International Consortium Members: June 2019

Please welcome the following schools who joined WIDA International Consortium last month.

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Focus School: Ruamrudee International School

Ruamrudee International School (RIS) is a PreK through grade 12 school that offers an international standards-based curriculum. Its high school offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Advanced Placement courses. Founded in 1957, RIS is well known throughout Thailand and serves both the local Thai community (approximately 80% of its students) as well as expatriate families in the greater Bangkok area. There are currently around 1,100 students enrolled with a majority of them being English language learners. 

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Survey from a WIDA Member School

Please join a fellow WIDA international member school in exploring student writing. While this is not a WIDA sponsored research study, we are interested to see what the International School Nido de Aguilas finds. Please read the following invitation from Nido.

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WIDA Professional Learning Opportunities: 2019-2020

Whether you are looking for an introduction, or a deep dive into advanced topics, you can find multiple events scheduled for July 2019 through June 2020.


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WIDA at International Conferences: July Updates

WIDA will be at several conferences during the 2019-2020 school year. Visit our WIDA @ Conferences page to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

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Become a WIDA Focus School

Tell us about the ways WIDA has helped your school discover what your learners can do. Please contact Jenny Hill-Wild at to nominate your school – or a colleague’s – to become a Focus School for an upcoming issue of the WIDA International Newsletter.