International Newsletter: December 2018

One-Question Survey: December 2018

The One-Question Survey is an opportunity for WIDA to learn more about international contexts and for international educators to learn more about each other. You’ll also have the opportunity to suggest questions you’d like us to ask.

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Research Requests

Have you ever asked, “I wonder what current research suggests…” about a particular topic or approach at your school? We are now offering an exclusive opportunity for members of the WIDA International School Consortium to share questions or inquiries.

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English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Researchers from the Alternate English Language Learning Assessment Project (ALTELLA) have published research briefs about theory and policy related to English learners with significant cognitive disabilities.

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WIDA MODEL: Bias and Sensitivity Review

WIDA is refreshing the content of the WIDA MODEL assessment and we invite international educators to join us in Brussels on May 11-12 for a Bias, Sensitivity and Content (BSC) Review weekend.

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Spotlight: Tim Boals

Tim Boals is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of WIDA. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in the education of English language learners. His background includes language education, educational policy for ELLs, and Spanish language and literature.

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Ask Fatima: Screener Calculator and Purchasing Codes

As part of the Client Services Center at WIDA, Fatima answers your questions. This month Fatima responds to questions about purchase requests and finding the WIDA Screener calculator.

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Featured Professional Learning: WIDA Symposium

A WIDA Symposium is a unique two-day opportunity for members of the global WIDA community to explore current research, learn about the latest innovation from WIDA and use principles of improvement science to inquire into problems of practice together.

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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 an open enrollment WIDA Institute, Symposium or Workshop in the next school year? We are currently inviting member schools to apply.

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International Conferences

WIDA will be at several international conferences during the 2018-2019 school year.

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New International Consortium Members: December 2018

Welcome to our newest members!

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Focus School: American International School of Johannesburg

American International School of Johannesburg serves a population of 1200 students, including approximately 20% English language learners.

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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.