International Newsletter: December 2019

Standards Public Input Deadline Extended

WIDA is extending the deadline for public input on the WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition, giving you time to submit your feedback! You now have until January 20, 2020 to complete the survey and share the draft with your colleagues.

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Spotlight: Selena Franklin

Selena Franklin is a Marketing Specialist at WIDA. Selena and the conference team plan the logistics and communication efforts of the WIDA Annual Conference.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL Assessments

This month Fatima answers questions about choosing an assessment. Do you have a questions about WIDA resources, assessments or Professional Learning? Send your question to Fatima at

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Focus School: TH School

TH School was established in 2016 as an independent co-educational boarding and day school that offers an internationally focused college preparatory education. Blending a holistic English-based international educational experience with a deep appreciation of Vietnamese language and culture.

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International Professional Learning Reflections: December 2019

In November we finished another inspiring round of WIDA Institutes in Korea and UAE. As part of our commitment to service, WIDA uses feedback from participants as an essential step in ensuring that International Professional Learning opportunities are practical and effective. Recent participant feedback indicates that many who attended would recommend the WIDA Institute as a place to build a supportive professional community and a foundation with WIDA tools and resources to support multilingual learners.

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New International Consortium Members: December 2019

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

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Global Conferences: December Updates

WIDA will be at several conferences during the 2019-2020 school year. Visit our WIDA@Conferences page to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

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WIDA MODEL Field Testing

There is still time for your school and students to help shape the future of the WIDA MODEL Online Writing field test. WIDA is accepting the writing test results through the end of January 2020.

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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.