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Featured Educator discusses multilingual learning in a rural district

July 16, 2024

Meet Susie LaCroix! Susie has been working with multilingual learners in rural Wyoming for nearly 30 years. Read this edition to learn more about the challenges and opportunities that come with working in a rural district and Susie’s advice for navigating it all.

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Lynn Shafer Willner wins NJTESOL/NJBE President's Award

June 3, 2024

WIDA researcher Lynn Shafer Willner has been awarded the 2024 NJTESOL/NJBE President's Award. This accolade is given annually to an individual whose work has significantly advanced the needs of multilingual learners (MLs) in New Jersey.

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Featured Educators: Joe Brereton and Madison Leech

May 7, 2024

Meet Joe Brereton and Madison Leech! This month’s featured educators are also presenting at the 2024 WIDA Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This Q&A introduces you to their work and gives you a look at what you can learn in their conference session.

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English learners’ proficiency scores continue to decline since pandemic, report finds

May 7, 2024

A new report from WIDA researchers found that proficiency scores for K-12 English learners (ELs) have continued to decline since the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, pandemic related disruptions may have exacerbated some of the existing disparities between ELs identified as Hispanic and non-Hispanic. Read this article to learn more.

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Six new free WIDA Webinars

May 7, 2024

We’re bringing you six new WIDA Webinars! These are free professional learning opportunities that span a wide range of topics related to multilingual learners. Read this article to learn about each one.

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Ready? Set? GO! 2024 WIDA Annual Conference registration is open

May 6, 2024

Mark your calendars! The 2024 WIDA Annual Conference is in October and it’s time to register. Read this article to learn more about this year’s conference, including a look at keynote speakers, our revamped virtual track and more!

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What is pilot testing? A WIDA staffer finds out

April 15, 2024

Pilot testing is a key step in developing or redesigning WIDA assessments. Without participating in pilot testing, it could be difficult to imagine what it entails. WIDA sent staffer Katie Stenz on assignment to observe Kindergarten ACCESS pilot test administrations. Browse this news article to find out what she learned.

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Multilingual learners enrich our learning and lives

April 10, 2024

We asked educators at the 2023 WIDA Annual Conference how multilingual learners enrich the classroom. Here’s what they said!

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know: Scoring ACCESS for ELLs

April 10, 2024

Your students have taken ACCESS for ELLs. Now, you may be wondering what’s next. How are scores calculated and who does the scoring? Why does it take so long to receive score reports? And how do I read the reports? Read this article to learn more.

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Celebrating bi/multilingualism among our learners

April 1, 2024

This article explores the significance of bilingual learner advocacy and highlights the positive impact it has on individuals and communities.

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