WIDA resources and research: November 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.

New resources and research

Family engagement resources now in Dari, Pashto

As refugee students and families from Afghanistan begin school their journey in the U.S., WIDA decided to translate and publish some of our family engagement resources into Dari and Pashto – two languages spoken in Afghanistan. The newly translated resources – available from the WIDA Family Engagement webpage – help explain things like ELL status and language testing, and provide families with things they can do to support children’s language development.

Voices from the Field: Collaboration as a tool for equity and language development

In this edition of Voices from the Field, guest authors and ESL and ELA educators Martha Boisselle and Kristen Leathers discuss how they use the WIDA ELD Standards Framework to bring the Big Idea of Collaboration to life. The article contains a sample unit map and conversation outline to illuminate the collaborative planning process. 

MATSOL Currents: WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition

Check out the article, The WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, in the latest edition of MATSOL Currents in which lead developers Fernanda Marinho Kray, Margo Gottlieb and Lynn Shafer Willner provide highlights of the main architecture of the updated WIDA ELD Standards Framework. They also present a set of suggestions to guide PLCs in exploring the deeper aspects of the 2020 Edition, with potential action steps for integrating the framework into local curriculum, instruction and assessment.

In case you missed it

New WIDA Focus Bulletin on multiliteracies

The WIDA Español team has written a new Focus Bulletin that investigates how educators of bi/multilingual learners can leverage multiliteracies for instruction. It includes various perspectives from experts in the field to illustrate the role of multiliteracies, as well as tools for reflection and implementation in the bilingual classroom. The bulletin is available in English y en español: