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Conversaciones con educadores: Eva Gonzalez Heredia discute la capacitación profesional que apoya el desarrollo del español

February 14, 2024

En esta edición de Conversaciones con educadores, que antes se titulaba Conversaciones con Tim, Eva Gonzalez Heredia discute su experiencia en el desarrollo y la enseñanza del español. Ella ofrece consejos y recursos para otros educadores.

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Conversations with Educators: Eva Gonzalez Heredia on professional learning to support Spanish language development

February 14, 2024

In this edition of Conversations with Educators, formerly known as Conversations with Tim, Eva Gonzalez Heredia discusses her expertise in Spanish language development and instruction. She offers advice and resources for fellow educators.

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Kick 2024 off with this advice from your fellow educators

January 3, 2024

We asked educators at the 2023 WIDA Annual Conference what their number one piece of advice was for other educators. Here’s what they said!

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Conversations with Tim: The essential work of revitalizing and preserving the Yugtun language

November 29, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim speaks with Rosalie Lincoln and Cathy Moses about their work in the Lower Kuskokwim School District in Alaska to preserve and revitalize the Yugtun language.

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Conversations with Tim: How a team of educators and administrators built a successful bilingual program

October 27, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim speaks with Piedad Kaye and Michelle Kotwica. Piedad and Michelle work together in the Mannheim 83 School District in Illinois. They share some of the keys to their success in building a bilingual program in their district.

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Conversations with Tim: The power of art across languages and cultures

August 9, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim speaks with Mai Chue Xiong and Nicole Potsane. Both Mai Chue and Nicole teach visual arts and work with multilingual learners. Together, they discuss the power of art across languages and cultures and the difficulties of teaching creativity.

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Conversations with Tim: How collaboration serves multilingual students living with significant cognitive disabilities

June 8, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Madison Leech and Erika Hall. Together, they discuss working with and how to best serve multilingual learners living with significant cognitive disabilities. 

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Conversations with Tim: An expert’s take on supporting newcomer students

April 19, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to newcomer student expert Sam Finn. Together, they discuss what Sam’s research and experience can tell us about how to support newcomers and their families. Listen to the audio or read the article.

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Conversations with Tim: Collaboration: The power of working together to serve students

February 10, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to expert collaborators Andrea Honigsfeld and Jon Nordmeyer. Together, they discuss how collaboration among colleagues can transform student learning and school communities. Plus, they talk about why collaboration has the potential to make your teaching and learning even more fun!

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Conversations with Tim: Building classroom communities

December 13, 2022

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Jessica Lee Stovall and Rita Kamani-Renedo. Jessica and Rita are working on doctorate degrees at Stanford Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Together, they discuss building classroom communities – everything from the how to the why. Plus, Jessica and Rita share their thoughts on how to stay engaged and excited about teaching.

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