Rita MacDonald is an associate researcher at WIDA. She has been active in educational linguistics since 2001, first as a K-12 ESL educator and teacher educator in an MATESOL program, and later as a WIDA researcher examining language policy, academic English instruction, formative language assessment, the connection between language and cultural identity, and standards-aligned equitable education. She is a frequent presenter at conferences, sharing research-based approaches to discourse-centered pedagogy for multilingual learners.

Rita co-leads Making Science Multilingual, a joint program with the National Science Teachers Association to develop and disseminate resources supporting rigorous and equitable science education for multilingual learners. She has also developed and piloted EL-inclusive  STEM discourse supports and resources, such as Doing and Talking Math and Science, a National Science Foundation-supported website for STEM educators.

You can read Rita’s research in the January 2017 WIDA Focus Bulletin about teaching multilingual learners in stem classes. 

You can also connect with her at these upcoming events: