In WIDA News: June 2021
Interested in WIDA news and events beyond the international news? Visit the News page for articles on a variety of topics of interest to educators, regardless of location.
Conversations with Tim
In this edition of Conversations with Tim, WIDA Founder and Director Tim Boals talks to Hazel Mendoza, a multilingual learner and high school student who gives voice to what it’s been like to live and learn during the pandemic.
June 2021 Featured Educator: Laura Barry
In a first for us here at WIDA, we hear from both our Featured Educator and the person who nominated her... her husband! Laura Barry, is an English language learner teacher as well as a French teacher at Absegami High School in Galloway, New Jersey. Because of the pandemic, Laura taught from home for the first time in her career. Being at home meant that she had an audience of students – and her husband.
New Migration Policy Institute report on dual language learners
The Migration Policy Institute (MPI) has released a new report about dual language learners (DLL) in early childhood programs, Taking Stock of Dual Language Learner Identification and Strengthening Procedures and Policies. The report highlights Illinois, a current WIDA Early Years member state, and how WIDA is “piloting a toolkit that includes tools for authentic assessment to support identification, family engagement, instructional planning, and children’s transition to kindergarten.”