International Newsletter: March 2018

Faculty Spotlight March 2018

WIDA is proud to be a research center in the School of Education within UW—Madison. Each month we introduce a faculty or staff member.

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Research at WIDA March 2018

WIDA is a research center at heart, and as part of the world-class School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we have a strong commitment to disciplined inquiry. We are currently undertaking three studies that relate to our international work and look forward to contributing to the body of scholarship about international schools.

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WIDA Early Years in China

WIDA Early Years Director, Lorena Mancilla, and WIDA Executive Director, Tim Boals, recently traveled to Hangzhou, China as keynote speakers for the ACAMIS Early Childhood Education 2018 Conference on Promoting Multilingualism: Engaging Families and Communities.

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Upcoming Conferences

Join WIDA at the following conferences for a chance to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

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Bangkok Symposium

An incredible group of passionate and insightful educators joined us for a deep dive into activity systems to serve multilingual learners at the WIDA Symposium in Bangkok last month.

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WIDA Global Professional Learning Opportunities

WIDA offers the following professional learning opportunities around the globe. See what's coming up soon.

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Have You Hired a New EAL Teacher?

As international schools continue to expand their EAL programs, new teachers are hired and the orientation process begins. If your school will be welcoming new colleagues next school year, consider sending them to the WIDA International Institute during July.

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New International Consortium Members March 2018

Welcome to the following schools who joined the WIDA International Schools Consortium in the past three months. We now include 320 schools in 85 different countries!

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Focus School of the Month: Carol Morgan School

Carol Morgan School (CMS) is a non-profit PreK-12 international school located in sunny Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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WIDA Screener Webinar and Online Training Course

Curious about the WIDA Screener? Watch an introductory webinar recorded on January 18.

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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.