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Marco de los estándares del desarrollo auténtico del lenguaje español de WIDA (Marco DALE)

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Adopting a Language-Focused Approach to Transitions Across PreK-3 Settings

This concept tool provides an overview of equitable, language-focused approaches to multilingual children’s transitions across programs, districts, schools and grade levels (PreK-K, K-1, 1-2 and 2-3).

See the Teaching in PreK-3 page for context.

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Are We Ready? Recommended Readings and References

This list has recommended readings and references for PreK-3 educators and leaders to use to explore equitable language-focused transitions for multilingual children and their families.

See the Teaching in PreK-3 page for context.

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Concept Tool: A Language-Focused Approach to Planning Equitable Learning Opportunities

A language-focused approach to planning applies an equity and language lens to the design of active and engaging learning opportunities for young children. Explore this tool to learn more about the what, how and why of a language-focused approach to planning equitable learning opportunities for multilingual children.

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ELD Essentials

This flyer shows how WIDA English language development resources fit together. This resource is intended to serve as an entry point for teachers, administrators, state staff, etc. who are new to WIDA’s ELD system of support.

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Explaining ELL Status (multiple languages)

Use this flyer in intake centers or at parent-teacher conferences as you explain the process of screening students and identifying them as ELLs. This flyer, available in several languages, explains how ELLs are identified and what that status means for students. Use it to help parents understand the purpose of screening and language testing.

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Family Connections Through Home Languages

This flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Arabic)

This Arabic-language flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Dari)

This flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Korean)

This Korean-language flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Pashto)

This flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Simplified Chinese)

This Simplified Chinese-language flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Spanish)

This Spanish language flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Family Connections Through Home Languages (Ukrainian)

This Ukrainian-language flyer provides educators with information on how home languages play an important role in maintaining communication and relationships with family.​

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Finding Your Students' Superpowers: Using ACCESS Score Reports

This flyer is full of tips and best practices when considering students' ACCESS scores and includes links to supporting resources.

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Understanding WIDA MODEL Online Scale Scores in Terms of CEFR Levels

WIDA research findings show that WIDA MODEL Online scale scores can be interpreted in terms of Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels. Use the tables in this document to look up students' MODEL scale scores and see the corresponding CEFR levels for each domain.

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Using ACCESS for ELLs to Promote Beneficial Outcomes for English Learners

This flyer provides a breakdown of the role school/district-level educators, state-level administrators and WIDA play in using or developing ACCESS Online and Paper test scores, interpreting scores and making decisions based on scores to best serve English learners. Plus, there’s a checklist outlining the positive and intended outcomes of using ACCESS Online and Paper scores, so you’ll always know what it takes to ensure your students have the supports they need.

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What can collaboration look like with the WIDA ELD Standards Framework?

Collaboration is one of the four Big Ideas of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework. This two-page "comic" strip shows the story of how a science teacher and an ESL teacher work together on their multilingual learners' language development and ways of meaningfully engaging with the content of a science unit. This step-by-step example can be used in tandem with Section 4 of the WIDA ELD Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, that has a more detailed look at the collaborative planning process.

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What Is Language Testing? (multiple languages)

Use this flyer in intake centers or at parent-teacher conferences as you explain the process of screening students and identifying them as ELLs. This flyer explains language testing in general terms. Also use this flyer, available in multiple languages, to help parents understand both screener testing and annual language proficiency testing.

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WIDA All Year Long

Learn how WIDA is more than a test! Mr. Vega is a 6th grade EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher at an international school who works with colleagues and families to support multilingual learners. Follow Mr. Vega all year long, as he focuses on what his students can do, using WIDA resources to collaborate and plan effective learning activities throughout the school year.

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WIDA eWorkshops Flyer

WIDA offers Professional Learning that you can complete when you want, where you want, and at your own pace. Ready to get started? This resource will show you what offerings are available and how you can access them.

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