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Conversations with Tim: Building classroom communities

December 13, 2022

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Jessica Lee Stovall and Rita Kamani-Renedo. Jessica and Rita are working on doctorate degrees at Stanford Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Together, they discuss building classroom communities – everything from the how to the why. Plus, Jessica and Rita share their thoughts on how to stay engaged and excited about teaching.

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Everything you’ve ever wanted to know: ACCESS for ELLs

November 7, 2022

Are you new to ACCESS for ELLs? Have you administered an ACCESS for ELLs test before but can’t remember where to find things like training, test prep and test materials? Look no further than this brief reference to all things ACCESS for ELLs.

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Featured Interns: Jeanne Beck and Wenyue Ma

November 7, 2022

Meet Jeanne Beck and Wenyue Ma, the 2022 WIDA Summer Research Interns! Jeanne and Wenyue are graduate students who spent the summer working with the WIDA assessment team. Read this interview to get to know Jeanne and Wenyue and what they worked on during their internships.

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WIDA Voices from the Field: Focus of Instruction

October 21, 2022

In this edition of the Voices from the Field article series, Molly Ross, sheltered English immersion instructional coach, and Kait Zanzerkia, elementary ELD teacher, reflect on their past teaching practices and discuss how their English language development department spent the past year familiarizing themselves with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, and identifying ways to create units based on the ELD Standards Framework.

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Overheard at the 2022 WIDA Annual Conference

October 14, 2022

In case you missed it (and even if you didn’t), we highlight some of the 2022 WIDA Annual Conference happenings.

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Conversations with Tim: New research on multilingual students guides recommendations, actions for educators

October 14, 2022

In this edition of Conversations with Tim, Tim talks to Mariana Castro, Nelson Flores and Sam Aguirre. Together, they discuss their work examining research on multilingual students and the practical recommendations and actions that educators can use to advocate for and enhance their success.

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Don’t forget: #WIDA2022 features award-winning headliners, more than 100 sessions

September 9, 2022

The 2022 WIDA Annual Conference, which takes place September 28-30 in Louisville, Kentucky, 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 program is also available.

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Featured Student: Elizabeth Carrillo

September 7, 2022

In this edition of WIDA Featured Student, we spotlight Elizabeth Carrillo, a 2022 WIDA high school summer intern. During her internship, Elizabeth spent eight weeks working with teams across WIDA on several projects. Read the article to learn more about Elizabeth, including her TV and book recommendations!

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WIDA Voices from the Field: Project-Based Learning and Wristbands for Refugees

August 24, 2022

In this edition of the Voices from the Field article series, EL teacher Donna Devito walks us through a project-based learning activity that incorporated the WIDA ELD Standards Framework along with her state’s content standards. In the project, Wristbands for Refugees, multilingual learners organized and administered a fundraising project to raise money to help Ukrainian refugees.

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Using active and former English learner data when creating a balanced picture of bi/multilingual students

August 19, 2022

In this article, Samuel Aguirre, WIDA Español director, provides tips for education administrators to incorporate former ELs in the review of data that informs goals and programming outcomes for bi/multilingual students.   

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