WIDA resources and research: December 2020

To support multilingual students and educators, WIDA provides resources and research on a range of topics. See what’s new, review what you might have missed, or have a sneak peek at what is coming soon.

Better Together: Evidence for Co-teaching and Collaboration in Today’s Classrooms
Jon Nordmeyer and Andrea Honigsfeld outline the current research supporting collaboration to serve multilingual learners in 21st century classrooms. This article presents an overview of how school leaders can create the conditions for effective teacher collaboration.

Teaching Online: Making the Most of Mulitlingualism
Jon Nordmeyer and Esther Bettney draw on educational research and the insights from a group of international educators to discuss the unique perspective that multilingual middle schoolers bring to remote learning, why all teachers should be aware of the role language plays in online and hybrid schools, and what teachers can do to support culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms.

We Are All First-Year Teachers: The Language Matters Column
In this TIE Online publication, Jon Nordmeyer considers the importance of connection and community during this unusual year. 

WIDA research provides insight into the relationship between teacher data analysis and assets-based discourses about multilingual youth
In a new article published in Teachers College Record, WIDA Researcher Daniella Molle discusses her research study which connects a key practice of high-quality professional development, the analysis of classroom evidence of student learning, to student-focused discourses about multilingual youth. The study digs into these questions: As they make sense of data together, (a) how do teachers discursively position multilingual youth and (b) what factors reinforce and undermine assets-based discourses about multilingual youth? View the article abstract at no cost. The full article is available for purchase.

Assessing preschool English learners’ receptive and expressive language ability to inform instruction
This study, published in the International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, explores how preschool educators could assess dual language learners’ (DLLs) English language abilities using formative instruments in school settings. Results of the study provide implications for assessing DLLs’ English language ability using age appropriate instruments. WIDA researchers Alicia Kim, Mark Chapman, Gordon West, Bingjie Zheng, and Elizabeth Cranley contributed to the study. View the article abstract at no cost. The full article is available for purchase.

In Case You Missed It

Multi Language Learners and WIDA
In this SENIA Happy Hour, Jon Nordmeyer and Lori Boll speak about our multilingual students and the work WIDA engages in supporting a global network of international schools. We also discuss how we can Bridge the Gap between and move past silos as learning support and English language teachers; how we can collaborate to provide the best education for all of our students.

Illustrated WIDA Guiding Principles of Language Development
This illustrated booklet brings each of the 10 WIDA Guiding Principles to life and can be used by educators to guide their conversations with parents, families and community members about the ideas behind the guiding principles.

WIDA International Secure Portal
The WIDA International School Consortium has updated the international secure portal to include additional member resources and expanded eLearning opportunities.

WIDA Español launches self-paced webinar: WIDA Spanish Language Development Framework
WIDA Español is excited to launch a free self-paced webinar titled Introduction to Pedagogía con Respeto: The Spanish Language Development Framework. This offering is available in both English and Spanish and introduces the WIDA Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards. The webinar is intended for Spanish/English bilingual K-12 teachers, administrators and support staff with little or no experience using the WIDA SLD Standards.

WIDA Español lanza un seminario web a ritmo propio: El Marco del desarrollo del lenguaje español de WIDA
WIDA Español se complace en presentar un seminario web autónomo gratuito titulado Introducción a Pedagogía con Respeto: El Marco del desarrollo del lenguaje español. Este seminario web introduce los Estándares del desarrollo del lenguaje español (DLE) de WIDA y está disponible tanto en español como en inglés. El seminario web está dirigido a maestros, administradores y personal de apoyo bilingües con poca o sin experiencia en el uso de los Estándares DLE de WIDA, quienes trabajan con estudiantes aprendiendo en español e inglés en los grados kínder al 12º.