International Newsletter: April 2021

What does equity really mean for multilingual learners?

Read excerpts from a new article by WIDA International Program Director Jon Nordmeyer, WIDA Founder and Director Tim Boals and WIDA researchers Rita MacDonald and Ruslana Westerlund. The full article is published in ASCD Educational Leadership.

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WIDA Virtual Institute: Facilitated cohort option

Participate in the new WIDA Virtual Institute with your colleagues to learn how WIDA assessments and resources support collaborative teaching and learning.

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WIDA All Year Long: April

In August, we introduced Mr. Vega, an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, and one of his multilingual students, Sophia. In April, Mr. Vega and his team begin to prepare for the end of the school year transitions.

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Use WIDA MODEL to address immediate learning needs of multilingual learners

Learn more about using WIDA MODEL in your classroom.

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In WIDA News: April 2021

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

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WIDA resources and research: April 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: April 2021

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Bethany Parker and Allison Schweiger

Bethany Parker and Allison Schweiger are central leaders at WCEPS, an educational non-profit which supports educational innovations created at the University of Wisconsin. WCEPS is a key organization that supports the WIDA International School Consortium through increasing awareness and facilitating memberships.

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Ask Fatima: Getting to know the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition

This month Fatima provides information on various resources and learning opportunities related to the WIDA ELD Standards Framework.

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New resource: Introduction to WIDA PowerPoint

WIDA has a new suite of resources designed to help you introduce WIDA to your school.

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Focus School: American School of Milan

The American School of Milan (ASM) is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school with a state-of-the-art campus located south of Milan. Founded in 1962, we have been educating international students from more than 50 countries for more than 55 years. Our school’s mission is to provide a modern and rigorous education for international students to excel in the changing world of tomorrow. ASM is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is an IB World School offering the Diploma Program since 1983.

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Welcome International School Consortium members: April 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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Become a WIDA Focus School

Tell us about the ways WIDA has helped your school discover what your learners can do. Send a message to international@wida.us to nominate your school – or a colleague’s – to become a Focus School for an upcoming issue of the WIDA International Newsletter.