UW-Madison scholars visit WIDA member school in Singapore

During an international development trip to Singapore in May, University of Wisconsin-Madison scholars visited Singapore American School (SAS).

On May 23 four UW–Madison School of Education (SoE) scholars traveled to Singapore to represent the SoE at the 15th annual business meeting of the International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI), a consortium of 11 educational institutions recognized internationally for their teaching programs and research that work together to advance education policy and address educational issues locally and globally.


The four SoE scholars attending INEI included:

While in Singapore, Hess, Bell and Ho also visited WIDA member school Singapore American School (SAS) for a discussion about how WIDA resources are impacting the English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. This past year, SAS conducted a full review of the EAL program using WIDA standards and assessments to evaluate current practices and to reimagine how they support multilingual learners. During this visit, EAL teachers Todd Bombard, Donna Schuster and David Yowell, and Deputy Principal Amanda Wood shared how the EAL program at SAS has changed over the years based on shifting trends in student population.

For the second part of the visit, Andrew Miller, director of teaching and learning, and Jennifer Foss, director of student support, met with the UW-Madison scholars to discuss critical conversations related to DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion) and teaching practices at SAS.

“Our team was able to learn more about the scholarship of our visitors related to critical harmony. The discussions will impact the next steps of our social studies review,” – Jennifer Foss

“I thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with the SAS educators, and I was impressed by their thoughtful remarks, innovative ideas, and commitment to meeting the needs and interests of their students,” – Li-Ching Ho

WIDA is housed within the WCER, one of the first and most productive education research centers in the world. WCER is part of the School of Education at UW–Madison.

Thank you to WCER for providing the details regarding this trip that aided in drafting this article.

Photo Credit: National Institute of Education

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