WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition available this week!

It’s coming! The WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition: Kindergarten-Grade 12 will be available December 18, 2020. This updated, comprehensive edition is centered on equity and fosters the assets, contributions, and potential of multilingual learners. With this edition, WIDA continues to break new ground to advance the field of language development in support of disciplinary learning.

WIDA has spent over two years collaborating with educators from around the world to develop a new, comprehensive edition of the WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework. We couldn’t be prouder of this new Edition, as it is a product of the dedication and hard work of passionate and talented linguists, researchers, policymakers, State Education Agency representatives, and language and content teachers who participated in focus groups, surveys, panels, and as critical friends. The 2020 Edition isn’t just the work of WIDA, but builds on the shared knowledge, practice, and wisdom from the field; on past lessons learned; and on inspiration of what is possible in the future!

The 2020 edition not only enhances ideas and concepts from prior editions and resources, but also continues to break new ground and advance the field of language development in support of disciplinary learning. Get your copy and learn about the foundations and highlights of the 2020 Edition, including:

  • Guiding Principles of Language Development The updated Guiding Principles of Language Development (2019) exemplify WIDA’s overarching foundational beliefs about how multilingual learners use and develop language.
  • Four Big Ideas build on the Guiding Principles by supporting the design of educational experiences that are student-centered, culturally-and-linguistically sustaining, and responsive to multilingual learners’ strengths and needs.
  • ELD Standards Framework: A robust framework provides an explicit and coherent approach to language development. The framework is like a map in that it offers Language Expectations as destination points, as well as road signs to set goals for curriculum, instruction, and assessment for multilingual learners.
  • Grade-Level Cluster materials (K, 1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-12) help educators enact the framework by providing grade-level-cluster specific representations of the framework along with additional resources such as annotated language samples, a deeper look at Key Language Uses, and a sample collaborative planning process for content and language integration.

Beginning December 18, a PDF of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition will be available for download on the WIDA website. Once posted, you may also pre-order a hard copy of the book from the WIDA Store.

Mark your calendars to join us for the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition Q&A Webinar series, beginning in January. Educators will have the opportunity to hear from members of the WIDA standards development team and ask questions live. The first webinar will be a high-level overview of the 2020 Edition and subsequent offering topics will be educators’ choice. Provide your input via this survey!