March 2020 International Newsletter

Teaching Multilingual Learners Online

WIDA as an organization does not advocate for or endorse any of these technologies for instruction. Schools, districts and states are responsible for making choices about appropriate and applicable technologies and products.

Since many schools are moving to online instruction, WIDA reached out to educators in the WIDA International School Consortium to identify some of the unique opportunities and challenges for multilingual learners in online environments. Some international educators have been teaching online for more than a month, and we have framed these insights around the 2019 WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development.

  • Many thanks to Esther Bettney and Tan Huynh for their contributions.
  • Join the conversation to share your insights and continue the discussion online.
Read more

Membership Benefits: WIDA MODEL

There are many benefits to becoming a WIDA International School Consortium member school, including access to WIDA MODEL Online. All new member schools receive five complimentary online assessments as part of their initial membership package. These can be used to assess students or to practice with colleagues, to help schools get to know this powerful assessment tool.

Read more

Multilingual Learning Research Center Director Search

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and WIDA are happy to announce recruitment for a Multilingual Learning Research Center Director.

Read more

Tweet of the Month: March 2020

Read, retweet, and follow global colleagues

Read more

Spotlight: Esther Bettney

Esther Bettney is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Project Assistant with the WIDA International School Consortium. While originally from Canada, Esther has spent the majority of her adult life involved in education within Central and South America. Esther’s passion for supporting multilingual students and teachers originally stems from her experiences as a classroom teacher and school administrator at a bilingual school in Honduras. During this time, Esther became interested in how bilingual schools could adopt a view of languages as complementary, dynamic and interrelated, as opposed to models which followed an “English-only” approach.

Read more

Ask Fatima: WIDA MODEL Online

This month Fatima answers questions about the WIDA MODEL Online assessment.

Read more

Focus School: The Columbus School

With our new tagline, ‘Create, Connect, Inspire,’ The Columbus School (TCS) is beginning its WIDA system journey. At just more than 8,000 feet (2,440 meters), TCS occasionally finds itself immersed in clouds or with spectacular views of the ever-changing City of Eternal Spring, Medellín. TCS is home for more than 1,700 students from preschool (K4) through Grade 12 and around 340 staff members. With 94 percent of students coming from our host country of Colombia, and 98 percent of the student body made up of native Spanish speakers, TCS is building our school culture to embrace the multilingual identity of everyone learning on our campus. Almost 50 percent of our staff are bilingual, with many employees working hard in language classes or chatting in the hallways to develop and/or maintain their language skills while building meaningful connections in our community.

Read more

New Consortium Members: March 2020

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

Read more

EducationUSA Academy Summer 2020 Registration Open

EducationUSA Academy at UW-Madison is a life-changing opportunity experience for international students to engage in learning on a U.S. university campus. This college-preparatory program works to support WIDA’s mission of helping multilingual learners from around the world to reach their full academic potential, learn about higher educational opportunities in the U.S. and increase their global awareness.

Read more

Previous Newsletters




December November October September August July June May April
two women reading a booklet together

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.