International Newsletter: July 2019

New Focus Bulletin: IB x WIDA

Hot off the press! This new WIDA Focus Bulletin illustrates how educators in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools are integrating WIDA resources as they design lessons for multilingual learners.

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New and Improved WIDA Website Searching

The WIDA web team is pleased to announce that, based on significant user feedback, we have made several improvements to search functionality on the public WIDA website,

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Spotlight: Heather Elliott

Heather Elliott is part of the WIDA assessment team. Heather specializes in content for Grades 6-12, with a particular focus on the assessment of writing. She has worked on many WIDA assessment projects, including annual updates to ACCESS for ELLs, the launch of WIDA Screener, and an in-progress content refresh for WIDA MODEL Online. She also contributes to additional test materials such as guides to score reports, online training courses and annual updates.

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Ask Fatima: eLearning and Family Engagement

This month, Fatima answers questions about certificates for attending WIDA Professional Development, eLearning and family engagement.

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New International Consortium Members: June 2019

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

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Focus School: Ruamrudee International School

Ruamrudee International School (RIS) is a PreK through grade 12 school that offers an international standards-based curriculum. Its high school offers both the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Advanced Placement courses. Founded in 1957, RIS is well known throughout Thailand and serves both the local Thai community (approximately 80% of its students) as well as expatriate families in the greater Bangkok area. There are currently around 1,100 students enrolled with a majority of them being English language learners. 

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Survey from a WIDA Member School

Please join a fellow WIDA international member school in exploring student writing. While this is not a WIDA sponsored research study, we are interested to see what the International School Nido de Aguilas finds. Please read the following invitation from Nido.

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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.