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Reflection: COVID-19 effects on our bi/multilingual students

June 3, 2022

In this article, WIDA Español team member Analleli Muñoz reflects upon the unique challenges and opportunities bi/multilingual students have experienced due to the pandemic.

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La construcción de LTELs: Políticas y prácticas en la educación de aprendices del inglés de largo tiempo

June 1, 2022

En este artículo, Mariana Castro, la directora adjunta del Centro de Investigaciones de la Educación de Wisconsin, examina datos sobre los estudiantes aprendices del inglés de largo-tiempo (LTELs por sus siglas en inglés) — estudiantes bi/multilingües que han sido oficialmente clasificados como aprendices del inglés por cinco años o más. Lea el artículo para saber más sobre su opinión sobre cómo las políticas y la práctica educativas afectan a los LTELs y sobre las mejores maneras de apoyarlos.

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Be(com)ing an LTEL: Challenging policies and practices in the education of long-term English learners

June 1, 2022

In this article, Mariana Castro, deputy director for the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, examines data on long-term English learners (LTELs) — bi/multilingual students who have been officially classified as English learners for five or more years. Read the article to get Mariana’s take on how education policy and practice affect LTELs, and how to best support them.

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WIDA Early Years membership program to end in 2023

May 31, 2022

The WIDA Leadership team has made the difficult decision to end the WIDA Early Years membership program at the end of June 2023.

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Get familiar with 2022-23 WIDA AMS enhancements

May 13, 2022

Find out about enhancements to WIDA AMS that are set to go live for the 2022-23 school year! Browse this article to learn about changes to the WIDA AMS landing page, test practice and sample items with accommodations, customer service tools and the test monitoring application.

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Featured Educator: Christy Osborne

May 10, 2022

In this edition of Featured Educator, you get double the fun content! Not only do you learn about the incredible Christy Osborne and her life as an English learner consultant, but you also get a sneak peek at her 2022 WIDA Annual Conference session. Two must-read topics brought to you in a Q&A format.

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What do we mean when we say opportunity to learn and equity for multilingual learners?

May 6, 2022

In this opinion piece, Tim Boals, WIDA founder and director, gives his perspective on what it takes to make sure that multilingual students encounter opportunities to learn and experience equality in the classroom. Tim rounds out his message with a list of 12 elements that school programs should have to ensure that multilingual learners thrive.

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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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It’s official! 2022 WIDA Annual Conference registration is open

May 2, 2022

Let the excitement commence… Registration is open for the 2022 WIDA Annual Conference! This in-person event (that’s right, it’s back!) takes place September 28-30, 2022, in Louisville, Kentucky. A curated virtual attendance option is also available.

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WIDA Voices from the Field: Working with math by beginning with the end in mind

April 22, 2022

In this article, math coach Patricia Aube ponders the idea of beginning with the end in mind, and how the Language Expectations of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition can help educators create clear unit-level goals to support backward planning.

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