International Newsletter: May 2020

Family Connections through Home Languages: A Message from Tim Boals, WIDA Founder and Director

Lately I’ve heard concerns about the time out of school that multilingual learners (MLLs) are facing right now. Usually these concerns begin with “won’t they fall further behind in learning English?”

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New WIDA Resources and Research: May 2020

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research across a number of categories. See what’s new this month.

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Tweet of the Month: May 2020

Read, retweet, and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Amber Wilke Fournier

Amber Wilke Fournier joins WIDA as our new Deputy Director. Amber brings a mix of expertise from her 20 years in educational services, leading teams to solve complex client problems and deliver high-impact results to serve children and educators.

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Ask Fatima: What Are WIDA Can Do Student Portraits?

This month Fatima answers questions about WIDA Can Do Student Portraits. A WIDA Can Do Student Portrait is a written or electronic document that focuses on a student’s strengths with specific information about the learner’s educational background, languages, family, interests – in addition to what the student can do in English with information from the WIDA Can Do Descriptors and Proficiency Level Descriptors.

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Focus School: American International School of Lusaka

Founded in 1986, the American International School of Lusaka (AISL) is an independent co-educational day school that welcomes children from 3 to 18 years of age.

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New International School Consortium Members: May 2020

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

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