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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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WIDA MODEL Online scale scores linked to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

December 8, 2023

WIDA researchers and international school educators collaborated to link WIDA MODEL Online scale scores to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR is an international standard for describing language proficiency and is used by schools and organizations around the world. Now that MODEL Online and the CEFR have been linked, educators can understand their students’ MODEL Online scale scores in terms of the CEFR levels, which are meaningful worldwide.

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Featured Student: Cristian Ivan Torres Hilario

December 5, 2023

Cristian Ivan Torres Hilario spent some of his summer working with WIDA as an intern. Cristian is a multilingual high school student in Madison, Wisconsin.

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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.

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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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