WIDA resources and research: February 2021

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.

Attend the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition Q&A Webinar Series to learn more about the 2020 Edition. Educators will have the opportunity to hear from members of the WIDA ELD Standards development team and ask questions live! The recording of the first webinar in the series, Introduction to the 2020 Edition: Big Ideas and WIDA ELD Standards Framework, is now available on the ELD Standards Framework webpage.

Are We Putting Out the Same Fires? Serving Multilingual Learners During the Pandemic, a WIDA column in The International Educator, considers how a global network has supported teachers in serving multilingual learners during the global pandemic. Drawing on the knowledge and experience of a recently designed community of practice made up of international educators, they describe "Five Things We Can Do," an asset-based collection of high-leverage practices for teaching multilingual learners online.

In a new research paper, A close look at teacher learning: Why are teachers’ journeys so different?, WIDA Associate Researcher Daniella Molle discusses how content area teachers who serve multilingual youth, learn. Read the paper to ;understand more about these themes:

  • Teachers follow different trajectories of change during professional development.
  • Teachers’ trajectories impact the learning to which their students have access.
  • Social, ecological and socio-cognitive factors influence what teachers learn.

This research on teacher learning appears in Teaching and Teacher Education.

Assessment Best Practices During COVID-19 for WIDA MODEL* is a WIDA resource designed to support test coordinators and test administrators administering WIDA MODEL during the COVID-19 pandemic.

*The guidance in this document reflects WIDA’s analysis of current best practices. It is not medical advice, and it does not replace or amend any guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or your local health authority. Remember to always adhere to health and safety requirements within your school.

In Case You Missed It...

In this Empowering LLs podcast, Fernanda Kray, lead developer of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, and Jon Nordmeyer, WIDA International Programs director, discuss the 2020 Edition, highlighting the updates in this edition from previous editions, and how teachers can use the framework in the classroom.

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.

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.