International Newsletter: September 2021

WIDA Global Community of Practice

Building on international educators’ expertise, passion and curiosity, the new WIDA Global Community of Practice will help teams identify a problem of practice at their school, investigate the related research and resources from WIDA and design solutions for their context.

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What’s new from the WIDA ELD Standards Framework team

Check out the latest resources from the WIDA ELD Standards Framework team including a new collaboration tool.

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WIDA International Programs welcomes Mark Chapman!

Mark Chapman, a member of the WIDA Assessment team, is moving into a new role this month with the WIDA International School Consortium.

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WIDA Español to release new Spanish Language Arts Framework

WIDA has designed a Spanish language arts framework, Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español de WIDA (Marco ALE). This framework presents the foundational elements of language arts to inform the design of standards and instruction in Spanish for grades K–12. Learn more about the Marco ALE and an opportunity to connect with the WIDA Español team!

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WIDA MODEL: New videos and 2020 Field Test Technical Report now available

New resources for WIDA MODEL include a series of training videos and a recently released WIDA MODEL Online Field Test Technical Report.

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Spotlight: Diego Román

Diego Román is an assistant professor of bilingual/bicultural education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a Spanish-English bilingual educator and is involved in educational research in the United States and internationally.

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Ask Fatima: WIDA Assessments

This month, Fatima answers questions about WIDA MODEL and WIDA Screener.

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Focus school: American School of Guatemala

Read about the American School of Guatemala and their journey, while also learning more about WIDA resources and assessments by participating in the WIDA Virtual Institute as a school cohort.

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In WIDA News: September 2021

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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(re)Tweet of the month: September 2021

Read, retweet and follow global colleagues.

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Welcome International School Consortium members: September 2021

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

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Conferences and professional learning

WIDA participates in many conferences and professional learning events around the world. Join us virtually at a number of events dedicated to leading the field in working with multilingual learners.

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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. Send a message to international@wida.us to nominate your school – or a colleague’s – to become a Focus School for an upcoming issue of the WIDA International Newsletter.