WIDA resources and research: July 2022

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.

New Resources and Research

New whitepaper: How Can Multilingual Learners and Their Teachers Make a Difference in Classroom Assessment?
The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) has published a whitepaper by WIDA co-founder and lead developer, Margo Gottlieb. The paper examines tensions in classroom assessment with the intent of demystifying purposes, practices and policies for educators of multilingual learners in K-12 settings. Download the whitepaper for free from the CAL website.

Doing and Talking Math and Science: Resources now in Spanish  
The Doing and Talking Math and Science: Strengthening Reasoning, Strengthening Language website provides quick access to educator resources to support all students’ simultaneous doing and talking science and mathematics. The Discourse Moves resources, which are broken down by grade levels, are now available in Spanish in addition to English.

In Case You Missed It

New WIDA Snapshot: Planning for Languaging and Learning
WIDA Snapshots provide a quick introduction to a topic of interest to educators of multilingual children. This new two-page snapshot by WIDA Early Years provides ideas to use while planning instruction that promotes children’s languaging and learning. It includes ideas for gathering information from families, communities and classroom observations.

New WIDA Focus Bulletin: Embedding the Can Do Cycle Throughout the School Year
This new Focus Bulletin reframes the WIDA Can Do Philosophy as a can do cycle of actions that can be embedded into teaching and learning experiences throughout the school year.

Research Spotlight: Language Standards Frameworks and Language Assessment, a Codependent Relationship
In a new article published in the International Journal of TESOL Studies, WIDA experts Margo Gottlieb and Mark Chapman help educators understand the relationships between WIDA standards frameworks and WIDA assessments, why those relationships are important, and WIDA’s history of maintaining a balance between innovation and stability. Margo and Mark answer a few questions about their article in the May WIDA International Newsletter.

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