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American Indian English Language Learners

This WIDA Focus Bulletin explores the integral connection between language and culture for American Indian English Language Learners.

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Differentiation, Part 1

This WIDA Focus Bulletin provides a useful planning template and step-by-step explanations of how teachers (classroom/content-area, special education, literacy, ESL, bilingual) can differentiate their grade-level content and language instruction and assessment for the ELLs in their classes.

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Differentiation, Part 2

This WIDA Focus Bulletin provides a useful planning template and step-by-step explanations of how teachers (classroom/content-area, special education, literacy, ESL, bilingual) can differentiate their grade-level content and language instruction and assessment for the ELLs in their classes.

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English Language Arts

The purpose of this WIDA Focus Bulletin is to provide guidance to teachers of English language arts (ELA) who are implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and working to respond to the specific needs of ELLs. In their treatment of academic language (or the language of school), the CCSS represent a departure from existing content standards.

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Family Engagement

Our goal in this WIDA Focus Bulletin is to raise awareness of the need for family engagement practices that take into consideration students’ academic achievement and language development. This is why we chose to write this bulletin for a dual audience—families and educators. We encourage teams of families and educators to use this resource as a tool to support their local family engagement practices.

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Group Work

Do your students have opportunities to engage in this type of academic conversation? How might such collaborative interactions help students meet the U.S. college- and career- readiness standards? How might they help English language learners (ELLs) master the language of the disciplines? What are some promising ways to support group-based learning among students? This WIDA Focus Bulletin aims to answer these questions by exploring the potential of group work for ELLs in content classes.

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Identifying ELLs with Specific Learning Disabilities

This WIDA Focus Bulletin offers advise, facts, and resources for school teams when identifying English Language Learners with specific learning disabilities.

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Language and Culture

In February, 2011, WIDA published a Focus Bulletin on Language and Culture, which was enormously popular, and which continues to be requested by readers. This Focus Bulletin has been reformatted and lightly edited to emphasize current WIDA resources and terminology.

This Focus Bulletin explores linguistic and cultural diversity in school, and how teachers, staff and parents can help multilingual learners feel welcome, confident, and prepared to succeed academically. 

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Language-Focused Family Engagement

This WIDA Focus Bulletin introduces readers to the four pillars of Language-Focused Family Engagement and provides tools to help educators examine their local family engagement practices.​

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Oral Language in the Classroom

 

This Focus Bulletin explores the kind of spoken English language that multilingual learners benefit from developing, showing how that oral language is described in WIDA standards resources and assessed on the ACCESS for ELLs Speaking test.

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