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Speech and language expert shares tools, ideas for multilingual learners who use AAC

July 17, 2023

Anne Page, a speech and language professional and expert in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), joined the Advancing ALTELLA team to demo some of her go-to tools and share creative ideas that help multilingual learners who use AAC. Read this interview between Anne and Shea Head, WIDA inclusion researcher, to get insights and tips for how to best support multilingual learners who use AAC.

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Living out the WIDA value of service

July 11, 2023

Here are some ways that WIDA endeavors to live out the value of service to multilingual learners and families and to the educators who support their engagement, belonging and success every day in their learning communities.

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From grant to global impact: WIDA’s journey over two decades

July 7, 2023

WIDA turns 20 years old this year. Read about how WIDA grew from the early days as a grant funded startup to the large-scale consortium it is today and see where the organization is hoping to go in the next two decades.

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WIDA International School Consortium has transitioned to new Multilingual Learning Research Center at University of Wisconsin–Madison

July 5, 2023

The Multilingual Learning Research Center (MLRC) includes a new membership-based global research-practice network called the MLRC School Network. Learn more about the transition, the MLRC School Network, and understand what WIDA resources and tools are still available to independent and/or international schools.

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Bringing WIDA’s values to life through collaborative mural

June 22, 2023

WIDA staff worked with a local artist in 2022 to paint a mural that represents WIDA’s values and beliefs. Muralist Rodrigo Carapia helped staff create a mural that now welcomes visitors to the physical WIDA space and to the website. Read more about how it came to be and what it represents.

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Conversations with Tim: How collaboration serves multilingual students living with significant cognitive disabilities

June 8, 2023

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Madison Leech and Erika Hall. Together, they discuss working with and how to best serve multilingual learners living with significant cognitive disabilities. 

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20 years of innovation: WIDA's advances in Standards, Assessments and Inclusion

June 6, 2023

Innovation is one of WIDA’s five organizational values, along with service, the Can Do Philosophy, collaboration and social justice. In honor of WIDA’s 20th anniversary, it’s time to take a look at some recent exciting innovations in the areas of standards, assessments and inclusion.

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Featured Educators: Ashley, Emeline and Tina

May 15, 2023

Meet Ashley Painter, Emeline Beck and Tina Springer! This month’s featured educators are also presenting at the 2023 WIDA Annual Conference. This Q&A introduces you to their work and gives you a look at what you can learn in their conference session.

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It’s official! 2023 WIDA Annual Conference registration is open

May 8, 2023

It’s time to… register for the 2023 WIDA Annual Conference! The in-person event takes place October 17-20, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A virtual track is also available.

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Three assessment training courses unavailable this summer

April 24, 2023

Three training courses, Online ACCESS for ELLs: Administration, Paper ACCESS for ELLs: Administration and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs: Administration and Scoring, will be unavailable June 30 through August 31, 2023. Read this article to learn more about what’s happening.

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