As teachers and students prepare to begin a new school year, excitement is in the air. Stories are shared about summer adventures. Fresh paint is drying on new school facilities. Teachers are preparing bulletin boards and class blogs. Families are moving into new communities and getting settled into their new homes. For many of us, the butterflies and smiles that accompany the first day of school are just around the corner!
Here at WIDA we are very excited to share the new year with you and have several projects to launch. A completely redesigned WIDA Website reflects an inclusive view of all educators within the global WIDA community. The web architecture is streamlined and simplified, so you can find the most useful WIDA information and resources in a few clicks. The new WIDA international secure portal contains assessment and training for member schools, including new eLearning resources. Finally, we also have a newly designed logo and are offering new professional learning options around the world.
We look forward to joining you in the new school year, butterflies and all, and are excited about the work we can do together!
Jon Nordmeyer, International Programs Director