June 2020 International Newsletter

We Stand with You: An Open Letter from WIDA

A letter from the WIDA Social Justice Change Team, Tim Boals and WIDA Staff

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AIELOC International Educator Equity Statement

The WIDA International School Consortium is proud to sponsor The Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color (AIELOC), an organization devoted to amplifying the work of international educators and leaders of color with a focus on advocacy, learning, and research.

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Reimagining Professional Learning

As we reimagine schools in the next 6-12 months, WIDA continues to develop new resources to help international educators serve multilingual learners.

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WIDA Resources and Research: June 2020

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research across a number of categories.

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WIDA MODEL - A Reliable, On-Demand Assessment Option 

WIDA MODEL provides an immediate snapshot of students' English language development. This assessment is administered and scored locally, providing flexibility in assessment dates and times while providing immediate feedback and score reports. To continue providing quality assessments WIDA has undertaken multiple research projects.

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Tweet of the Month: June 2020

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Fatima Rivera

Fatima Rivera is the WIDA International Program Coordinator. She is one of the many international and multilingual professionals working at WIDA. Fatima came from Guanajuato, Mexico at a very young age and was able to accomplish many goals. One of them was to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Ask Fatima: Professional Learning and Research at WIDA

This month Fatima answers questions about international online learning and WIDA Focus Bulletins. 

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Focus School: The American School of Kinshasa

TASOK WIDA Member School Profile 

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Founded in 1961, The American School of Kinshasa (TASOK) is a not-for-profit school located in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This central African country provides a rich linguistic context with over 200 spoken languages, French as an official language, and Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, and Chiluba as national languages. Our 349 students represent over 50 different nationalities, and our faculty and staff speak a wealth of 25 languages in addition to English. TASOK is an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, implementing the Diploma Programme (DP) and currently completing authorization for the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) and Middle Years Programme. (MYP).  

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Welcome International School Consortium Members: June 2020

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

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Global Professional Learning: June 2020

Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and the changing global health response, we are continuing to work with host schools to determine dates and locations to meet the needs of our global educators.

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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 international@wida.us to nominate your school – or a colleague’s – to become a Focus School for an upcoming issue of the WIDA International Newsletter.