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Featured Educator: Donna Hallock

"WIDA has also helped me with content and language objectives. WIDA gives us all the tools, data, and knowledge to really look at our specific student needs, see where they are right now and what we need to aim for in their development-what their next level is and how to scaffold to that next level."

– Donna Hallock, ESL teacher, Hawaii

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August 2019 Featured Educator: Deborah White

This month's featured educator, Deborah White, is an ESL teacher for grades K-2 at Noel Primary School in Noel, Missouri. 

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May 2020 Featured Educator: Barbara Smith 

Barbara Smith is an ESL teacher at Waynesville R-VI East Elementary School in Waynesville, Missouri. Barbara has been at East Elementary for eight years and teaching for 19.

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September 2017 Featured Educator: Zulma Torres

Zulma Torres taps into her personal experiences and studies in the field of education to support language learners on the island of St. Croix.

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May 2019 Featured Educator: Sinead Mayo

This month's featured educator, Sinead Mayo, works with Grades K-2 multilingual students in Durham, North Carolina. Sinead is moved to improve the life outcomes of all her students regardless of their background.

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March 2020 Featured Educators: Jenna, Kelly, Shelley

This month, WIDA features three exceptional educators, Kelly Ebbesen, Jenna Putz and Shelley Sorenson, who teach in Arcadia, Wisconsin. All three educators teach English learners and have been teaching for a total of 28 years.

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Call for Nominations for WIDA Fellows

WIDA, in collaboration with the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education (ICMEE), announces a call for nominations for the first class of WIDA Fellows. In establishing these fellowships, WIDA and ICMEE formally acknowledge the invaluable role of exemplary teachers of bilingual and multilingual learners in advancing the field in collaboration with professional development and research partners.

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WIDA News January 2020

The January 2020 edition of WIDA News includes reminders about the WIDA ELD Standards public input survey and the proposal deadline for the 2020 WIDA Annual Conference.

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August 2018 Featured Educator: James Robinette

Recently, Principal James Robinette sat down with Scott Gomer, WIDA Marketing Communications Director, to discuss his experiences as an ESL educator.

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Featured Educator: Helen T

"As a bilingual teacher, and a simultaneous bilingual, WIDA Espanol has so much useful information in helping me teach my bilingual students. The institute really aims to elevate the status of the Spanish language and this is something that I hope to do in my classroom, my building and my community."

– Helen T., Bilingual Teacher, Wisconsin

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