Growing a Global Network
When it's not winter here in Wisconsin, I love gardening. One of the most satisfying experiences is returning home to our small vegetable garden to discover a new tomato has ripened or some kale is ready to harvest. Likewise, with 325 member schools across over 90 countries, dialogue across the WIDA global network continues to cross-pollinate, grow and bear fruit. Over the past three years, WIDA Symposium participants have identified several key activity systems serving multilingual learners in international schools:
- Admissions, Transition and Language Policies
- Family and Community Engagement
- Curriculum Development and Program Design
- Strategic Planning and Professional Learning
- Collaboration Systems
- School-wide and Classroom Assessment
- Collection, Organization and Use of Student Data
This school year, over a hundred educators from two dozen schools gathered at WIDA Symposia Rome, Bangkok and Lima. Collectively, participants inquired into these activity systems, with school-based teams sharing prototypes, ideas and new tools for improving programming.
"The Symposium has not only given me an excellent idea of how to use WIDA, but also given our ELL team ideas and planning guides which can focus areas for school improvement. This has given us common ground for out next steps and a network to help us with our mission."
In this newsletter, we share some exciting new partnerships, research and opportunities for professional learning. Get involved and help us keep the global garden growing!
International Programs Director