In WIDA News: October 2021
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Instrucción en Español
In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Cristina Alfaro, professor of dual language and English learner education at San Diego State University. Cristina lent her expertise to WIDA Español’s brand-new Spanish language arts framework, Marco ALE, and she and Tim talk about the importance of instrucción en Español.
WIDA Early Years welcomes Virginia and Minnesota!
WIDA has announced that the Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Early Care and Education and the Minnesota Department of Educations’ Division of Early Learning Services have joined the WIDA Early Years member state network this month. “We are thrilled to welcome Virginia and to resume our partnership with Minnesota this year and look forward to promoting equitable ECE opportunities for young multilingual children in both states,” said Lorena Mancilla, director of WIDA Early Years.
October 2021 Featured Educator: Jovita Gandolfo
Jovita Gandolfo is a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing at La Follette High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Not only was Jovita nominated by a student (a first for Featured Educator), but she is also interviewed by that very same student! Learn more about Jovita by reading this question-and-answer style interview.