WIDA All Year Long: April
In August, we introduced Mr. Vega, an English as an Additional Language (EAL) teacher, and one of his multilingual students, Sophia. In April, Mr. Vega and his team begin to prepare for the end of the school year transitions.
As the end of the school year approaches, Mr. Vega begins scheduling and administering WIDA MODEL to his multilingual students. Using the scores from this assessment, he updates the student portraits. Mr. Vega notices that Sophia's composite proficiency level has increased – great job, Sophia!
During the next week, the EAL team from K-12 meet to go over the school-wide results from WIDA MODEL and identify group trends and patterns. They also use this time to preview the upcoming transition process as students move from one grade to the next, and the role of EAL teachers in supporting families and colleagues.
At the 6th to 7th grade transition meeting, Mr. Vega and the 7th grade EAL teacher review the WIDA Can Do Descriptors with the 6th and 7th grade teams. Mr. Vega introduces students who have been receiving EAL support this year. He shares each student’s background, strengths and interests so next year’s teachers know more about what each student can do. Mr. Vega and the 6th grade team also share strategies for scaffolding student learning& that have been effective this year.