WIDA International School Consortium: Should We Join?

Each month we are contacted by new schools and school groups interested in how WIDA can help them discover what their multilingual learners can do. Here are some frequently asked questions about the WIDA International School Consortium.

Each month we are contacted by new schools and school groups interested in how WIDA can help them discover what their multilingual learners can do. Here are some frequently asked questions about the WIDA International School Consortium.

Who should consider joining the WIDA International School Consortium?

The WIDA International School Consortium was designed for accredited, PreK-12 international schools who want to meet the needs of their multilingual learners with the leading standards and assessments worldwide. The consortium is not intended for tutoring services or other non-school organizations.

What are benefits of membership?

  • Assessment tools: Exclusive access to WIDA assessment tools and WIDA technical support services. WIDA Screener and WIDA MODEL Online assessments may only be purchased by member schools. Online Resources: A download library (e.g. recorded webinars, PowerPoint slides, instructional resources) is available to members to provide additional information on how WIDA standards and assessments support teaching and learning.
  • Learning Opportunities: Exclusive professional learning. Schools must be members of the WIDA International Consortium in order to attend a WIDA Symposium or Workshop.
  • International Standards: WIDA resources are used in over 300 international schools worldwide, providing common assessment tools and proficiency standards which support student mobility. Innovative teaching approaches and a shared knowledge base support teachers across the WIDA network.
  • Global Networking: WIDA helps develop programs and practices that support inclusive and effective teaching and learning for all students. International educators value the opportunity to learn from other schools.
  • Logo Use: Ability to display the WIDA International Consortium logo on your website or in email signatures. As part of the global education community, the WIDA logo shows that you are at the forefront of international education by developing inclusive programs that build on the assets of all learners.
  • Research Community: Member schools are the first to learn about the latest research in teaching multilingual students. WIDA is part of the globally-ranked School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, providing access to thought leaders in the field as well as research opportunities for member schools.
  • Cohesion for School Groups: WIDA supports common operations, policies and data collection across individual schools within a foundation or educational group. It aligns teaching and learning with common assessment tools and a shared asset-based approach to multilingual students.
  • Member Pricing: Members receive a significant discount on any resources in the WIDA store.

If your school is not currently a member of the WIDA International School Consortium and you'd like more information, please contact international@wida.us.