WIDA resources and research: September 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 WIDA Snapshot on ‘Engaging with Families of Young Multilingual Children’
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 is grounded in WIDA’s ABCs of Family Engagement and aims to support early care and education professionals as they engage with families of multilingual children. View or download the snapshot.
WIDA Español team writes powerful research-based article series
Members of the WIDA Español team have been examining research and putting it into practical recommendations and actions for educators so that they can advocate for and enhance bi/multilingual student success. Read all four articles in English y en español:
- From false-positives to advocacy: Shifting deficit perspectives in the identification of English learners.
- Ensuring student success: Supporting bi/multilingual students after exiting English learner programming.
- Be(com)ing an LTEL: Challenging policies and practices in the education of long-term English learners.
- Using active and former English learner data when creating a balanced picture of bi/multilingual students.
In Case You Missed It
Research Spotlight – Equity for Multilingual Learners: A Global Network Response to the Pandemic
In a new article published in the Current Issues in Comparative Education (CICE) journal, Jon Nordmeyer and Esther Bettney discuss how the WIDA Global Community of Practice, an innovative year-long professional learning opportunity, leveraged the existing global WIDA network to create a powerful community in which participants learned from and contributed to dialogue about equity for multilingual learners during the pandemic. Jon and Esther answered a few questions about their article in the August WIDA International Newsletter.
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.