Spotlight: Rita MacDonald
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:
- All NSTA Conferences in 2019 and 2020
- WIDA's 2019 conference in Providence, Rhode Island
- July 25 Twitter Chat: Science for the English Language Learner, #NSTAchat, #NSTA, or #NSTA19
- A webinar on English Learners in Stem Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools and Lives sponsored by the National Alliance for Partners in Equity: the Intermountain (IM) STEM virtual network.