International Newsletter: November 2018

One-Question Survey

We are adding a new feature to the WIDA newsletter: The One-Question Survey.

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As we develop new content and items for the next version of WIDA MODEL, we are currently engaging with international educators in several ways. Several hundred international educators completed the MODEL survey and we have used this data to design interview questions.

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Mark ChapmanMark Chapman, Director of Test Development, is responsible for leading the development of new WIDA assessments and for the annual production of new content for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0. He works closely with WIDA's test development partner, the Center for Applied Linguistics on a variety of test development projects and also supports WIDA's assessment research validation agenda. 

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Ask Fatima

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 Professional Learning

The WIDA Institute: Discover what your learners can do!

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Global Professional Learning

WIDA offers professional growth opportunities for educators of multilingual learners. Whether you are looking for an introduction or a deep dive into advanced topics, there are multiple events and locations available. 

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Host a WIDA Professional Learning Event in 2019-20

Would your school like to host an open enrollment WIDA Institute, Symposium or Workshop in the next school year? We are currently inviting member schools to apply.

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WIDA at International Conferences

WIDA will be at several international conferences during the 2018-2019 school year. Visit our WIDA @ International Conferences page to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network. 

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WIDA Featured Educator

The WIDA Featured Educator is a monthly interview with an educator who is making a difference for language learners. This month, the featured educator is Krista McInnis. Krista teaches at GEMS World Academy in Dubai. See how Krista supports multilingual learners in an international context by reading Krista’s interview.

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New WIDA International School Consortium Members

Welcome to our newest consortium members!

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Focus School: Graded, The American School

Graded, The American School, is committed to continuous improvement of the teaching and learning process so all students will have the knowledge, skills, concepts, processes, and attitudes to participate as global citizens. Through the implementation of quality teaching and learning, Graded provides an aligned, robust curriculum. The student body at Graded consists of 50% expats from all of the world and with varying levels of English and 50% Brazilian Nationals. Since 2016, and through the use of WIDA assessments, Graded's identified English as an Additional Language (EAL) population has increased from 67 to 270.

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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.