International Newsletter: October 2018

WIDA Website and the International Secure Portal

Many educators have already explored the new, redesigned WIDA website. If you haven’t, take a look! The new website integrates information for preK-12 classroom teachers, EAL teachers and school leaders in the U.S. and around the world.  You’ll find many free downloads and practical information about a variety of topics:

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New WIDA Logo

WIDA is proud to share our new logo, capturing both the global nature of our organization and the focus on language that is central to our work. We encourage member schools to add the new WIDA logo to your website. 

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WIDA Screener Scoring and Interpretive Guide

The WIDA Screener is designed to help educators in identifying students as English language learners, and in determining candidacy for English language support services. This makes the WIDA Screener a valuable component of the admissions process for new students. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

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rivera-fatima.pngFatima Rivera is an Associate Outreach Specialist in the Client Services Center at WIDA. She assists administrators and teachers by providing information about WIDA assessment tools, training and services.

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Ask Fatima

Each month Fatima answers hundreds of questions from educators around the world. Feel free to email to get help or ask about WIDA resources, assessments or professional learning opportunities. Here are some common questions we’ve been asked recently:

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Featured Professional Learning

Educator Collaboration to Support Multilingual Learners

Join us in Taipei for a collaborative weekend! Collaboration is emerging as a new norm in today’s international schools, and when educators plan, teach and inquire together, we model the 21st century learning skills we hope to develop in our students.

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Global Professional Learning

WIDA offers professional growth opportunities for educators of multilingual learners. Whether you are looking for an introduction or a deep dive into advanced topics, there are multiple events and locations available.

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Host a WIDA Professional Learning Event in 2019-20

Would your school like to host a WIDA Institute, Symposium or open enrollment Workshop in for next school year? We are currently inviting international schools to apply.

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WIDA at International Conferences

WIDA will be at several international conferences during the 2018-2019 school year. Visit our WIDA @ International Conferences page to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.  

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Department of Defense Joins the WIDA Consortium

The United States Department of Defense (DoDEA) is the 40th state education agency to join the US WIDA Consortium.

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New WIDA International School Consortium Members

Welcome to our newest consortium members!

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Focus School: Chadwick International


Chadwick International, Incheon, South Korea

Submitted by Mirela Matesan                                     

How/why did your school start using WIDA?

Our journey with WIDA started in 2014. We were looking for an English language proficiency test that would provide us with a more in-depth picture of our students' language proficiency. Initially, we used the W-APT to assess our students at the transition years (5th to 6th grade and 8th to 9th grade); this gave us a chance to understand the WIDA levels of language proficiency and how they relate to the WIDA Can Do Descriptors.

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