International Newsletter: May 2021

WIDA supports bilingual language and academic development

In this article, Samuel Aguirre, WIDA Español director, and Jon Nordmeyer, WIDA International Programs director, discuss three language development frameworks, and how they can support bilingualism in Spanish and English. This article is adapted from one written for the AMISA Newsletter.

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Esther Bettney, WIDA Project Assistant, receives Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Esther Bettney, project assistant for WIDA International Programs, was recently awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award to engage in research about Critical Multilingual Language Awareness in mainstream and bilingual elementary classrooms with Gail Prasad at York University (Canada).

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Registration open for the 2021 WIDA eConference

WIDA is excited to present the 2021 WIDA eConference. This one-day event will include 20 live sessions with interactive breakout groups and a keynote speaker.

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WIDA All Year Long: May

In August, we introduced Mr. Vega, an English as an additional language (EAL) teacher and one of his multilingual students, Sophia. This month Mr. Vega continues to collaborate with colleagues while celebrating the success from this school year, and setting up the systems for next year.

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In WIDA News: May 2021

Interested in WIDA news and events beyond international news? Visit the News page for articles on a variety of topics of interest to educators, regardless of location.

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WIDA resources and research: May 2021

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research on a range of topics. See what’s new, review what you might have missed, or have a sneak peek at what is coming soon.

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(re)Tweet of the month: May 2021

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Emily Machado

Emily Machado is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a former elementary school teacher. Her scholarship is focused on the teaching and learning of writing in multilingual early childhood settings. Through her research, Emily seeks to make early literacy classrooms more equitable, inclusive, and humanizing for all young children.

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Ask Fatima: Free WIDA virtual learning opportunities

This month, Fatima provides information on several free eLearning webinars.

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Focus school: International School Saigon Pearl

ISSP (International School Saigon Pearl) is a beautiful, small international elementary school located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Our dedicated community of educators works with students from 18 months to grade 5. Approximately 85% of our student population is Vietnamese.

At ISSP, we understand that every teacher is a language teacher, which means every child is a language learner. Additionally, the strategies we implement in our classrooms to highlight what our learners can do support every child no matter what their first language is. We are a part of the WIDA global network because of the asset-based perspective toward multilingual learners, and the invaluable amount of rigorous professional development WIDA offers educators around the world. WIDA’s standards of teaching and learning for multilingual learners are an example for the rest of the international community to follow.

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Share your WIDA story!

We invite you to be a featured Focus School for an upcoming WIDA International Newsletter. Becoming a WIDA Focus School gives you a chance to showcase innovation at your school and recognize your program within the global community.

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Welcome International School Consortium members: May 2021

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

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Conferences and professional learning 

WIDA participates in many conferences and professional learning events around the world. Join us virtually at a number of events dedicated to leading the field in working with multilingual learners.

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