WIDA in Global Contexts

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Around the world, educators know that WIDA is more than a test

More and more educators are using WIDA resources to serve multilingual learners in international schools. They appreciate that the WIDA English Language Development Standards, and assessments align to support both language learning and academic achievement. International educators have shared that using WIDA resources helps them discover what their multilingual learners can do.

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As a language framework, WIDA complements programs like the International Baccalaureate (IB) used in many schools around the world. To learn more, read the Supporting Multilingual Students with WIDA and International Baccalaureate Resources Focus Bulletin.

The WIDA ELD Standards Framework in Practice

  • The Lincoln School in Buenos Aires has used the WIDA English and Spanish Language Development standards to align its bilingual program with the Argentine National Curriculum.
  • The American International School of Bucharest has integrated WIDA assessments and resources with the International Baccalaureate program to support the integration of language and content instruction.
  • The International Community School in Addis Ababa has integrated WIDA resources with a response to intervention model to create an inclusive learning environment for multilingual school community.
  • The Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo has integrated the WIDA Can Do Philosophy and WIDA assessment tools in order to shift from a pull-out to a collaborative model, co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessing, and co-reflecting to scaffold learning for multilingual students.
  • School groups, such as the Qatar Foundation Schools, align teaching and learning with common assessment tools and shared asset-based approaches.

A Community of Schools and Educators

As part of the global WIDA community, members of the International School Consortium are at the forefront of international education by using WIDA resources to develop inclusive programs that build on the assets of all learners. International accreditation agencies, recruiting organizations and regional professional networks recognize WIDA as a research center providing global expertise and leadership for teachers of multilingual learners.

Please watch the video below for additional explanation of the Consortium and how it fits into the larger WIDA system.

Interested in becoming part of our community? Check out our Membership Benefits page to learn more and sign up.

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