International Newsletter: June 2019

Welcome Christina!

We are very pleased to welcome Christina Nelson to the international team at WIDA! Christina will join WIDA in July to support the design and facilitation of professional learning for international educators. As an experienced international educator, she brings a great deal of knowledge and passion to this new position.

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WIDA MODEL: Writing Field Test – Now Accepting Applications

Last month we told you about the work WIDA completed on the WIDA MODEL bias, sensitivity and content review in Brussels. Now that those new items and tasks have been reviewed by educators in the U.S. and internationally, it’s time to move to the next steps of the process.

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Updated WIDA Guiding Principles: June 2019

Have you read the new 2019 WIDA Guiding Principles?

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Changes to the International Secure Portal: June 2019

You asked, and we listened. We have enhanced the Assessments page on the WIDA International Secure Portal. You’ll find links to new Quick Start Guides as well as information about the Kindergarten W-APT and WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten. This toolkit of assessment resources and training is available exclusively to WIDA International School Consortium members.

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One-Question Survey: May 2019

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. Last month we asked how often EAL teachers at your school meet as a K-12 team.

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Spotlight: Laurene Christensen and James Mitchell

This month we shine the spotlight on WIDA researchers Laurene Christensen and James Mitchell.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA Can Do Philosophy

This month Fatima provides information about purchasing WIDA assessments and introduces us to the WIDA Can Do Philosophy.

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New International Consortium Members: May 2019

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

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Focus School: Dunecrest American School

Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, due to the large percentage of expatriate residents, who speak more than 140 different languages. At Dunecrest American School, the same cosmopolitan nature is reflected on our student population’s wide range of nationalities and languages. However, English is the primary language used for socialization, communication, and instruction. Most students speak English as an additional language, with varying degrees of proficiency, which may pose considerable challenges for their social and academic success.

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WIDA is Growing

With 40 states in the U.S.-based WIDA Consortium and 450 schools in the WIDA International School Consortium, our organization continues to build capacity.

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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.