International Newsletter: November 2019

Invitation to review the WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition

WIDA is developing our English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition and we want your input. Starting this week, ​drafts of the WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition are available on the ELD Standards page. Once you have reviewed these drafts, submit your feedback via the public input survey.

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Participate in WIDA MODEL Field Testing

There is still time for your school and students to be a part of the WIDA MODEL Online Writing field test.

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WIDA Featured on PTA Podcast

The PTA Podcast: "Notes from the Backpack" is a 30 minute podcast dedicated to information and tips for helping your child succeed in school. In November, WIDA was featured in one of their podcasts.

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WIDA Featured Educator: Recognize an Inspiring Colleague

WIDA's Featured Educator is a monthly interview with an educator about the ways they are making a difference in the lives of multilingual learners.

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Spotlight: Andrea Honigsfeld

Dr. Andrea Honigsfeld is a long-time friend and supporter of WIDA. Andrea has attended and presented at WIDA conferences for the past four years and has served as a pre-conference professional development workshop presenter, a featured speaker, and a workshop presenter on the topic of collaboration and co-teaching for the sake of ELLs/MLLs.

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Ask Fatima: Purchasing WIDA Assessments

This month Fatima answers questions about our partners at the WIDA Store.  Do you have a questions about WIDA resources, assessments or Professional Learning?  Send your question to Fatima at

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Focus School Group: Qatar Foundation Schools

Each month we ask a member school to share their WIDA story. This month the Qatar Foundation shares their story, not as a single school but as a group of schools working together to coordinate and amplify the good work of their member schools.

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International Professional Learning Reflections: November 2019

In October we started our new season of international professional learning with WIDA Institutes in Bangkok and Rome. Our new international facilitator, Christina Nelson, knows this is going to be a special year for her as she has the chance to engage with educators around the globe, sharing a commitment to equitable education for our multilingual students by engaging in professional development wholeheartedly.

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New International Consortium Members: November 2019

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

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Global Conferences: November Updates

WIDA will be at several conferences during the 2019-2020 school year. Visit our WIDA@Conferences page to learn about opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

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Host a WIDA Professional Learning Event

WIDA is looking for International Consortium member schools interested in becoming host sites for our 2020-2021 Professional Learning.

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