International Newsletter: July 2020

NEW Professional Learning

Join Andrea Honigsfeld and Jon Nordmeyer as they explore collaboration, virtually. Two new events bring educators together to discover collaborative strategies for shifting teaching from an isolated practice to one of cohesion and integration.

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Reimagining Professional Learning: Last Call

As we reimagine schools in the next 6-12 months, WIDA continues to develop new resources to help international educators serve multilingual learners. Help us by sharing your reflection!

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Don’t Miss the 4th Annual VirtuEL Conference

Since 2017, two generous and innovative educational pioneers, Carol Salva and Tan Huynh, have hosted a free virtual conference called VirtuEL. The goal of this conference has been to provide free professional learning opportunities for teachers of language learners.

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Improve the Science of Teaching Multilingual Students

As described in the April newsletter, Prof. Joshua K. Hartshorne (Boston College) is collaborating with WIDA to identify schools that are passionate about supporting their multilingual students. They have begun working with schools in the WIDA International School Consortium and are looking to partner with additional schools. 

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WIDA Resources and Research: July 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: New Content Coming Soon!

After more than two years' worth of dedicated effort, WIDA is ready to deliver new test item content for WIDA MODEL Online.

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(re)Tweet of the Month: July 2020

Read, retweet, and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Donna Fogell and Bethany Guse

Donna and Bethany are Outreach Specialists in WIDA's Client Services Center. Read about their experiences to learn about these team members who support international educators.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA and our Can Do Philosophy

This month Fatima provides resources for sharing information with new colleagues as well as introducing the WIDA Can Do Philosophy.

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Focus School: The American International School of Kingston

In Jamaica, AISK is the school of choice for children whose families come on ambassadorial or diplomatic duties. Additionally, government contracts also determine the rise and fall of ethnic groups within our school. For example, when the government of Jamaica signed a contract with the French government to build roads, there was a French Unit present at AISK that allowed these students to be taught in their native language as well as to receive instruction in English.

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Welcome International School Consortium Members: July 2020

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

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Global Conferences: July 2020

WIDA is working with global and regional organizations to continue to provide opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

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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. Send a message to to nominate your school – or a colleague’s – to become a Focus School for an upcoming issue of the WIDA International Newsletter.