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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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Featured Interns: Lorena Alarcon and Ping-Lin Chuang

November 6, 2023

Meet Lorena and Ping-Lin, the 2023 WIDA summer research interns! Lorena and Ping-Lin are Ph.D. students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They spent the summer working with the WIDA assessment team and contributed to multiple research projects.

Scroll down to read interviews between Lorena, Ping-Lin and Hannah Haynes, a WIDA staffer. 

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know: ACCESS for ELLs 2023-24

November 6, 2023

Are you new to ACCESS for ELLs? Have you administered an ACCESS test before but can’t remember where to find things like training, test prep and test materials? Look no further than this brief reference to all things ACCESS!

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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.

Listening option: Listen to the audio here or click “Read more” to continue reading.

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Multilingualism is a superpower: 10 years of the WIDA Annual Conference

October 26, 2023

Catch up on or reminisce about the biggest moments from the 2023 WIDA Annual Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

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News Release: Introducing the Marco DALE: A groundbreaking framework for Spanish language development standards

October 24, 2023

WIDA releases the Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA (Marco DALE), WIDA’s latest Spanish language development standards framework. The Marco DALE is a framework for instruction, curriculum, professional development and assessments of Spanish language development of bi/multilingual learners who are learning academic content in Spanish.

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Comunicado de prensa: El Marco DALE: Un marco innovador de estándares para el desarrollo del lenguaje español

October 24, 2023

WIDA lanza el Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA (Marco DALE). Este marco informa la instrucción, el currículo, la capacitación profesional y las evaluaciones del desarrollo del lenguaje de estudiantes bi/multilingües que aprenden contenido curricular en español.

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Need-to-know information about WIDA for international schools

October 6, 2023

The WIDA International School Consortium membership program ended June 30, 2023. While there is no longer a WIDA membership program for independent and/or international schools, you can still continue to use and access WIDA resources, assessments and professional learning (and we encourage you to do so)!

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WIDA’s commitment to social justice and addressing inequities in education

October 4, 2023

Social Justice is one of the five WIDA core values. Building our own awareness of social justice issues is a large part of living up to this value. We do this by continuing to understand the national education climate and by personally learning all we can about the experiences of multilingual learners.

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News Release: WIDA welcomes Meg Van Voorhis as Chief Educator Learning Officer

September 19, 2023

WIDA is excited to announce the appointment of Meg Van Voorhis as its inaugural Chief Educator Learning Officer (CELO).

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