International Newsletter: May 2019

WIDA MODEL: Incorporating International Teacher Voices

On May 11-12, WIDA researchers and international teachers met at the International School of Brussels for a WIDA MODEL Bias, Sensitivity and Content review. Thank you to almost one hundred international educators who volunteered to support this effort! WIDA selected 16 participants who had the chance to contribute their voices and viewpoints as they previewed potential questions as part of the upcoming WIDA MODEL. 

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New Resource Types Page on the WIDA Website

In response to user feedback, we've built a new page on the WIDA website.

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Spring Cleaning

Make sure your WIDA International Secure Portal account is active and up to date! 

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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 about the percentage of teachers who are multilingual.

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Spotlight: Rita MacDonald

Rita MacDonald is an associate researcher at WIDA. She has been active in educational linguistics since 2001, first as a K-12 ESL educator and teacher educator in an MATESOL program, and later as a WIDA researcher examining language policy, academic English instruction, formative language assessment, the connection between language and cultural identity, and standards-aligned equitable education. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, sharing research-based approaches to discourse-centered pedagogy for multilingual learners.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA Assessments and Professional Learning

This month Fatima explains the difference between WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL, as well as highlighting a professional learning opportunity.

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New International Consortium Members: May 2019

Please welcome the following schools that joined WIDA International School Consortium in April.

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Focus School: American Overseas School of Rome

Why Did You Start Using WIDA?

At the American Overseas School of Rome, we believe that all teachers are language teachers. With this as a school-wide goal, the EAL team embarked upon a quest to support mainstream teachers in developing a toolbox of strategies to support ELLs in their classrooms. With this as a school-wide goal, the EAL team embarked upon a quest to support mainstream teachers in developing a toolbox of strategies to support ELLs in their classrooms.

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Summer Learning Opportunities

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 scheduled throughout the summer months.

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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.