International Newsletter: March 2019

Schools Needed for MODEL and Screener Comparison Study

WIDA is conducting a new research study to better understand the relationships between scores on WIDA MODEL and WIDA Screener within international contexts. WIDA researchers will analyze and compare student scores received on the two assessments by collecting historical data for students who have taken both WIDA MODEL and WIDA Screener. The findings of this study will allow WIDA to create tools that support educators and administrators in understanding how students are expected to perform on the two different assessments. These tools can aid in planning the type and quantity of language support students need and in monitoring the progress students make within and across school years.

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One-Question Survey: March 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. You’ll also have the opportunity to suggest questions you’d like us to ask. Last month we asked about admissions information. This month you have a chance to tell us about your admissions assessments.

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WIDA is Hiring

WIDA is recruiting for several professional learning specialists, including one dedicated to working with international schools. 

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Spotlight: Nina Lee

Nina Lee is an undergraduate student working within the International Programs department at WIDA. Nina was born in Chicago, IL and both her parents are Korean. Nina lived in an American environment but she was raised very differently from other children at her school. For instance, she spoke Korean language and learned the mannerisms of Korean culture. She was both bilingual and bicultural at a young age, and it was not easy finding resources that best met her educational needs. Despite this, Nina was successful and is currently pursuing a BA in Business Administration with a focus on Management and Human Resources at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Ask Fatima: Updating Contact Information and MODEL Administration

Each month Fatima answers hundreds of questions from educators around the world. Feel free to email to get help or ask about WIDA resources, assessments or professional learning opportunities. Here are some common questions we’ve been asked recently:

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Featured Event: Madison Institute

A WIDA International Institute is a four day, comprehensive introduction to how WIDA resources and assessments work together as a system. This learning opportunity is designed for educators who are not yet familiar with WIDA. The Institute is also a great opportunity for teachers new to international teaching, because it offers a chance to connect with international colleagues and learn more about how WIDA resources can be implemented within an international context.

Attending the Institute in July has an added bonus.

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New International Consortium Members: March 2019

Welcome to the schools who joined the WIDA International School Consortium in February!

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Focus School: Liger Leadership Academy

Liger is a school that operates a bit outside the box – we do a core set of subjects, including Khmer and English Literacy, Math and Engineering, but we focus on project-based learning as well.

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Global Learning Opportunities: March 2019

WIDA offers professional growth opportunities for educators of multilingual learners. Whether you are looking for an introduction or a deep dive into advanced topics, you can find multiple events. Read more to find current dates and locations.

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