International Newsletter: September 2020

WIDA All Year Long: September

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 does in September. drawing of a man with many papers in front of him.

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Voices from the Field: Build social-emotional support and maintain community

In this Voices from the Field, Matt Hajdun, language development coordinator at The Columbus School (Colombia), and Esther Bettney, WIDA international program project assistant, write about the importance of supporting students’ socio-emotional well-being and creating strong classroom communities during online learning.

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Conversations with Tim: Creating a sense of belonging for immigrant and refugee students

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, WIDA Director of Professional Diep Nguyen shares strategies and resources for welcoming and preparing our immigrant and refugee students to learn all year long.

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WIDA recognizes incredible efforts by educators to support students, families

As we head into a very different school year, we share the important work that educators around the world are doing to offer support to newcomers, stay connected to families, tend to the wellbeing of students and apply the most effective virtual resources.

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WIDA ELD Standards, 2020 Edition: Updates and learning opportunities

WIDA is excited to announce that the WIDA English Language Development Standards, 2020 Edition will be released in early winter, 2020-2021.

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Virtual Collaboration Course: Stretching Your Co-Teaching

More than 90 educators from around the world completed the inaugural cohort of Stretching Your Co-Teaching, a new blended professional learning opportunity co-facilitated by Andrea Honigsfeld and Jon Nordmeyer. Together, we engaged with research, practical strategies and innovative ways for teachers to work together in face-to-face, hybrid and online classrooms. This course is integrated with social media to build a personal learning network and includes small-group discussions in job-alike groups to contextualize collaboration for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

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Coming Soon: WIDA Virtual Institute

The new WIDA Virtual Institute is an introduction to the WIDA Standards and Assessment System. Much like our face to face WIDA Institute, this virtual course is a first step in learning how WIDA resources work together to support multilingual students and their teachers. However, the WIDA Virtual Institute is designed for a virtual platform; participants work through self-paced, interactive modules from the comfort of your own home or classroom.

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Recruitment partners

WIDA continues to build partnerships with recruiting organizations and accreditation agencies to support the critical work of international educators.

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WIDA resources and research: September 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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Looking for real-time proficiency level measurement? Try WIDA MODEL Online!

If you need additional data about your English learners, WIDA MODEL Online is the gold standard for measuring progress of English language development growth.

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(re)Tweet of the month: September 2020

Read, retweet, and follow global colleagues.

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Spotlight: Rosalie Grant

Dr. Rosalie Grant has extensive experience researching and evaluating programs related to minority students, including Native students. Her many years’ experience of working at the interface of Native and Western worldviews, being involved in Native cross-cultural discussions and negotiations, together with her strong research and analysis skills, positioned her to lead WIDA’s research focus, American Indian education. This work is built on strong relationships with Native people and collaborating with them to the extent that WIDA’s expertise in academic language, assessment and learning is required.

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Ask Fatima: Virtual professional learning opportunities

This month Fatima answers questions about professional learning opportunities for WIDA International School Consortium members.

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Focus school: Lincoln Community School

Lincoln Community School is an International Baccalaureate World school offering the Primary Years, Middle Years, and Diploma Programmes through the lens of U.S. curricular standards. LCS is recognized as a leading international school in Africa, with more than 600 students enrolled from more than 50 countries.

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Welcome International School Consortium members: September 2020

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

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Global Professional Learning: September 2020

Whether you are looking for an introduction, or a deep dive into advanced topics, WIDA international professional learning opportunities are available.

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Global Conferences: September 2020

WIDA continues to partner with global and regional organizations to provide opportunities to reconnect with former colleagues, meet new friends and expand your personal learning network.

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