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WIDA's Featured Educator is a bi-monthly feature article that highlights classroom, district, or state-level educators who are making a difference in the lives of multilingual learners. Nominate an outstanding colleague today!

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August 2015 Featured Educator: Heather Brooke Robertson

Heather Brooke Robertson has worked with ELLs ranging from 4K-8th grade in both California and Wisconsin. She has also started the company Books Del Sur which imports rich, bilingual texts from Latin America. This fall, Heather will begin co-teaching at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison, Wisc.

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November 2019 Featured Educator: Lori Menning

Lori Menning is the English Learner, Bilingual-Bicultural and World Language Consultant for Cooperative Educational Service Agency (CESA) 6 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She is a strong advocate for language learners at the local, state, and national level.

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Featured Educator: Jessica LeCrone

"I appreciate how the standards make me focus on the specialized language skills required in different content areas. I have to ask myself questions like, “What kind of language does a student need to be successful in science, or math?” ... The standards hold me accountable to make sure I am addressing the needs of my students in every subject area."

– Jessica LeCrone, ESL teacher, North Carolina

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WIDA News June 2019

The June 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA spring cleaning, an introduction to the WIDA School Improvement System, upcoming professional learning opportunities, and much more!

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November 2017 Featured Educator: Hanna Gneiting

Hanna Gneiting serves as a Youth Programs Manager for the Outdoor Outreach Organization based in San Diego where she helps to empower students through outdoor activities.

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April 2019 Featured Educator: Carly Spina

This month's featured educator, Carly Spina, serves as an EL/Bilingual Instructional Coach for eight schools in the linguistically rich community of Glenview, IL. She was chosen, in part, due to her passion for her students and for social justice.

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WIDA News Extra May 2020

2020 WIDA Annual Conference Update from Tim Boals, WIDA Founder and Director

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Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Field Test: Coming to schools in early 2023

The Alternate ACCESS Field Test takes place February 14 through April 17, 2023. Browse this online guide to learn about the field test, including what everyone from district/school coordinators to test administrators needs to know before, during and after the field test.

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WIDA News January 2019

The January 2019 edition of WIDA News includes our Featured Educator, WIDA Annual Conference last call for proposals, information about our new language-focused family engagement workshop, the question of the month and more.

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WIDA News February 2020

The February 2020 edition of WIDA News includes an interview with February's Featured Educator, a news release about a $4 million U.S. Department of Education grant recently received by WIDA, an update on the WIDA ELD Standards 2020 Edition, and information on the WIDA School Improvement System. 


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