April 2020 International Newsletter

Our Commitment to the WIDA Community: A Message from Tim Boals

Tim Boals, WIDA Founder and Director, shares a message for educators in the time of COVID-19 changes.

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Insights from China: When Learning Goes Home

Two international educators, Keisha LaBeach and Emily Cave, who have been in virtual school for two months share their insights and lessons learned.

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UW-Madison School of Education Ranked No. 1

WIDA is proud to be part of the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) within the UW-Madison School of Education.

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Contribute to Research on Language Learning

The Language Learning Lab at Boston College, directed by Professor Joshua K. Hartshorne, is collaborating with WIDA to identify international schools that are passionate about supporting their multilingual students.

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New WIDA Resources

To support multilingual children and students, WIDA provides useful and fun resources in a number of categories. This month we highlight science and early years resources.

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Stay Connected with #WIDA

WIDA social media is a place to stay connected while we work, teach and learn in a virtual environment.

WIDA has launched a WIDA Educator Exchange Facebook Group. The WIDA Educator Exchange is a space to exchange ideas, share resources, and engage in discussion to help multilingual learners succeed.

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Tweet of the Month: April 2020

Read, retweet, and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Fernanda Marinho Kray

Fernanda Marinho Kray, Ph.D., a polyglot educator and researcher, is presently a member of the Consortium and State Relations Team at WIDA, on special assignment with the Research and Development team. She is also a facilitator for the WIDA Consortium board's Research Subcommittee and Standards Subcommittee. Before joining WIDA, Fernanda served as Curriculum and Professional Development Coordinator, and Language Acquisition Lead for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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Ask Fatima: Remote Testing

This month Fatima answers questions about remote testing.

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Focus School: Nansha College Preparatory Academy

The Nansha College Preparatory Academy (NCPA) is located in a beautiful, greenbelt subdistrict of Greater Guangzhou, China. NCPA opened its doors in 2012 as one of the first independent schools permitted to offer a standards-based American curriculum to its Grade 7 through Grade 12 students in the People’s Republic of China. The school also offers the Advanced Placement program and is fully accredited through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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New International Consortium Members: April 2020

Please welcome the following schools who joined WIDA International Consortium last month.

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Global Professional Learning and Conferences

Given the uncertainty due to COVID-19 and the current global health response, we are postponing our face-to-face global professional learning through July 2020. However, we are in the process of working with host schools to determine event dates and locations for next autumn and beyond.

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