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Teaching in Spanish: Six big ideas to drive instruction

September 11, 2023

In this article, we present the six ideas principales of the Marco DALE: equity, integration, collaboration, interaction, multiliteracies and transculturalism. Educators using WIDA’s language frameworks will notice a strong relationship between the ideas principales of the Marco DALE, the Big Ideas of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, and the ideologías orientadoras of the Marco ALE. Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA (Marco DALE) launches on October 24!

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Don’t forget: #WIDA2023 features award-winning headliners and sessions by teachers, for teachers

September 11, 2023

The 2023 WIDA Annual Conference is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this year! The conference, which runs from October 17-20, features two award-winning headliners and more than 100 sessions and workshops by teachers, for teachers. Educators of multilingual learners are set to share best practices and innovative classroom strategies. A curated virtual track is also available.

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Desarrollando el español: Seis ideas principales para informar la instrucción

September 11, 2023

En este artículo presentamos las seis ideas principales del Marco DALE: la equidad, la integración, la colaboración, la interacción, las multiliteracidades y el transculturalismo. Los educadores que utilizan los marcos del lenguaje de WIDA, el WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, y el Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español (Marco ALE), notarán una fuerte relación entre las ideas principales del Marco DALE, las Big Ideas del WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, y las ideologías orientadoras del Marco ALE. El Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA (Marco DALE) se lanzará al público el 24 de octubre de 2023.

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Featured Educator: Michelle Skinner

September 11, 2023

Meet Michelle Skinner! Michelle is in her first year at a school with a large population of newcomers in South Carolina, but this isn’t her first year teaching. She has more than 20 years of experience! Read this edition to learn more about her approach to the new school year and her wisdom from the last 20.

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The power of collaboration in WIDA's mission

September 8, 2023

Discover how collaboration is woven into the fabric of WIDA's mission, from the very beginning to current initiatives. Learn how this commitment benefits multilingual learners, educators, member states and the broader educational community.

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WIDA announces 2023-2024 WIDA Fellows cohort

September 7, 2023

WIDA is excited to welcome new and returning WIDA Fellows for 2023-2024. The program, launched in 2019, brings expert educators and WIDA staff together in a collaborative effort to enhance the development of WIDA products and services.

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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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WIDA Can Do Philosophy: What Does it Mean in Practice?

August 8, 2023

The Can Do Philosophy focuses on what multilingual learners can do and recognizes that students from diverse linguistic, cultural and experiential backgrounds bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators. Explore how the Can Do Philosophy is present throughout WIDA’s practices – in educator learning, in assessment and in communication about student progress.

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Back to school 2023–24: Assess, teach, grow with WIDA

August 7, 2023

Want a quick synopsis of what you need to know to assess, teach and grow with WIDA this school year? Check out this back-to-school guide!

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What to know: WIDA assessments in 2023-24 school year

August 3, 2023

Learn about what’s new in 2023-24 with WIDA Screener, ACCESS for ELLs and WIDA MODEL. Plus, we tell you what you can do to make sure testing counts and how to stay in the know about all things WIDA.

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