February 2020 International Newsletter

WIDA 2020 English Language Development (ELD) Standards Update

Thank you to everyone who reviewed draft versions of the WIDA ELD Standards 2020 Edition, completed the public input survey, and/or promoted the survey to colleagues.

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Support Multilingual Learners in Science Learning

Making Science Multilingual, a joint program with WIDA and the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), has released a working paper titled Design Principles for Engaging Multilingual Learners in Three-Dimensional Science.

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WIDA Receives $4 Million to Support Multilingual Learners with Cognitive Disabilities

New educational tools and resources for assessing a small but important group of students will now become reality thanks to a $3.998 million U.S. Department of Education grant.

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Foundations of Student-Centered Coaching at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is pleased to announce open registration for Student-Centered Instructional Coaching Certificate Program.

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Spotlight: Lesley Bartlett

Lesley Bartlett is a professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies and faculty director of the Institute for Regional and International Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An anthropologist by training, Bartlett studies language education policies, programs, and pedagogies for mobile and multilingual populations in domestic and global contexts.

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Ask Fatima: Timing for WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL

This month Fatima answers questions about the time needed for assessing students using WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL.

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Focus School: Canadian International School, Bangalore

The Canadian International School began its WIDA journey this academic year (2019-20). The implementation of WIDA was part of a complete overhaul of the EAL program at the school, that included placing an EAL teacher for early childhood classes, and one EAL teacher for each grade level 1-8. Additional support for English language learners (ELL) is also given to high school students.

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New International Consortium Members: February 2020

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

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Global Conferences: February 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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Research Requests: February 2020

In 2018, the WIDA International School Consortium began offering member schools the opportunity to work with WIDA researchers and current graduate students in the top-ranked University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education.

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WIDA International Professional Learning Opportunities: 2020

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

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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 hillwild@wisc.edu to nominate your school – or a colleague’s – to become a Focus School for an upcoming issue of the WIDA International Newsletter.