International Newsletter: September 2019

The Latest Research: WIDA Focus Bulletins

WIDA Focus Bulletins provide information about a variety of topics in the field of multilingual education, spanning a variety of categories. Focus Bulletins are written for teachers, administrators, parents and policy makers.

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WIDA International Assessment News

There are several international assessment initiatives underway.  Read more for details about WIDA MODEL and WIDA Screener.

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Spotlight: Alicia Kim

Ahyoung "Alicia" Kim is a researcher for the WIDA assessment team. Alicia holds an Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics and an Ed.M. in TESOL from Teachers College, Columbia University. She conducts validation research of ACCESS for ELLs and other WIDA language assessments. Her research interests include language assessment, child bilingualism, second language literacy development, and computer-assisted language learning. 

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Ask Fatima: Activating or Renewing Membership

This month Fatima shares information about becoming a member of the WIDA International School Consortium for the first time, as well as renewal information for existing members.

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Focus School: NCIC Immersion School

Years of experience with WIDA assessments and resources by the founder and founding director of NCIC Immersion made it an easy decision to add WIDA to the school’s resources. The can do philosophy, standards, Can Do descriptors, as well as the WIDA MODEL have offered needed support as we serve our students. As a dual language-dual culture school, most of our students are language learners.

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New International Consortium Members: September 2019

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

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International eLearning News: Test Course

WIDA continues to develop engaging eLearning experiences for educators. As we plan to deliver a greater variety of eLearning options for WIDA International School Consortium members, we are seeking volunteers to help WIDA test our new eLearning environment across a number of global locations.

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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.