International Newsletter: October 2020

WIDA All Year Long: October

In August we introduced Mr. Vega, an English as an additional language (EAL) teacher, and one of his multilingual students, Sophia, on a learning journey over the course of a school year. Find out what Mr. Vega is doing in October.

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Voices from the Field: Engage all teachers to serve all students

In the October Voices from the Field series, authors Keisha La Beach (EAL Coordinator, NCIC-Immersion School), Matt Hajdun (Language Development Coordinator, The Columbus School) and Esther Bettney (WIDA International Program Project Assistant) write about how professional learning is needed for all teachers within a school community so they can be equipped to serve all students, including the particular needs of multilingual learners in online and hybrid classrooms.

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In WIDA News

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

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Language Matters: A new column in TIE Online

Jon Nordmeyer, the WIDA International Program director, has a new monthly column in The International Educator called “Language Matters.” In this column Jon will write about research, insights, and practical wisdom from the global education community, empowering all teachers to serve multilingual learners in international schools.

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WIDA resources and research: October 2020

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research across a number of categories. 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: October 2020

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Marcy Olson

Marcy Olson is an assessment content specialist at WIDA. Marcy specializes in content development for the early elementary grades.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA MODEL Online at international schools

This month Fatima answers questions about WIDA MODEL Online and the role it plays at international schools.

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Focus school: American International School of Budapest

At American International School of Budapest (AISB) we have been using WIDA for around a decade. We first started using WIDA MODEL to more accurately measure our students’ use of academic language. Additionally, it guided us in the vertical alignment of our curriculum.

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Welcome International Consortium members: October 2020

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

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