WIDA Global Community of Practice

Building on international educators’ expertise, passion and curiosity, the new WIDA Global Community of Practice will help teams identify a problem of practice at their school, investigate the related research and resources from WIDA and design solutions for their context.

The new WIDA Global Community of Practice serves as a year-long forum for innovation and reciprocal learning focused on improving school-wide systems for multilingual learners. Building on teachers’ expertise, passion and curiosity, this new opportunity will allow us to inquire together into shared problems of practice and help us design better school-wide systems for multilingual learners. In this sustained professional learning journey, participants will identify a problem of practice at their school, investigate the related research and resources from WIDA and the wider University of Wisconsin–Madison community and design solutions for their context.

The WIDA Global Community of Practice will launch each year in October and finish the following May. Throughout the year, there will be online, synchronous regional meet-ups facilitated by teacher-leaders in the field of international education. Participating schools will be guided by the following outcomes:

  • We can evaluate strengths and identify problems of practice in how we serve multilingual learners

  • We can clarify how best to utilize WIDA resources to serve multilingual learners

  • We can gain insights from professional literature to help develop our school-wide systems

  • We can learn from what works in other international schools and apply it in our context

  • We can collaborate with others to design a solution for our identified problem of practice

International educators have explained why they want to join the WIDA Global Community of Practice:

  • “I currently use many WIDA resources (Standards Framework & assessment tools) to work with many teachers and students at my current school. We have a large population of 600+ multilingual learners, and I feel that I have developed useful insight into this work in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. I am also eager to learn from other practitioners in the field in order to grow my own practice to improve my school further.”
  • “WIDA tools have changed how we work as a school. I have tried to participate in as many WIDA things as possible over the last twelve years. Love to connect with others and bring the tools to life.”

This year-long team learning experience will culminate with a capstone celebration in which school-based teams will present to showcase innovation to a broader audience in May 2022; this event will be open to all WIDA International School Consortium member schools.

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