August 2020 International Newsletter

WIDA All Year Long

This powerful new tool supports teachers in utilizing WIDA resources as a system. Join Mr. Vega, an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, and one of his multilingual students, Sophia, on a learning journey over the course of a school year.

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Voices from the field: August 2020

Facing a new school year can seem overwhelming, especially given the uncertainty that many of us encounter this year. Over the summer, we continued to explore how schools have responded to our emerging learnscape by transforming their classrooms.

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Conversations with Tim: A growing international consensus on educating multilingual learners

In the August edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim partners with Jon Nordmeyer, WIDA international programs director, to discuss a Bell Foundation report they contributed to on international strategies for ensuring equity in multilingual schools.

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Back to school tips for distance learning

As teachers, students and families gear up for a return to distance learning, Samuel Aguirre, director of WIDA Español, wants to make sure that those who work with English learners (ELs) have the tools and resources they need to promote academic success and multilingualism.

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New Collaboration Focus Bulletin

International scholar and author Andrea Honigsfeld collaborated with WIDA International Program Director Jon Nordmeyer to write a new WIDA Focus Bulletin exploring how teachers can work together to serve multilingual learners in today’s schools.

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WIDA resources and research: August 2020

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research across a number of categories. See what’s new, review what you might have missed, or have a sneak peek at what is coming soon.

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WIDA MODEL Online is updated!

After about two years of research, test development, reviews, and field testing, WIDA is proud to announce the release of new test content for WIDA MODEL Online.

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WIDA Remote Screener: K-1 and Grades 2-12

WIDA is pleased to announce the launch of a K-1 and grades 2-12 remote screener as a temporary solution for members of the WIDA International School Consortium in response to the challenges that COVID-19 poses.

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(re)Tweet of the month: August 2020

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Erika Rosales

Erika Rosales is a Human Resources Coordinator at WIDA. She supports the HR team in recruitment, hiring, onboarding process, and employee relations with a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion. Erika also co-leads WIDA's Social Justice Change Team and is the lead of the Midvale Elementary partnership committee.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA International School Consortium

This month Fatima answers questions about the WIDA International School Consortium.

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Focus School: International School Manila

International School Manila (ISM) is a culturally and linguistically rich school that celebrates more than 60 nationalities. Honouring and promoting mother tongue and leveraging what learners can do has been a big part of our journey to become more inclusive.

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Welcome International School Consortium Members: August 2020

Please welcome the following schools who joined, or renewed memberships with, the WIDA International School Consortium last month.

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