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Assets-based instructional resources for educators and practitioners of multilingual learners 

Helping educators understand multilingual learners’ development

As an educator, you know it’s imperative to check in on your students’ language development – early on and as they progress. WIDA’s world-renowned assessment tools help you to gauge your students’ progress.  Understanding their progress helps inform your instruction in ways that meet their needs, and helps you identify professional learning opportunities that meet yours. 

Helping educators build developmentally appropriate practices

Built on the foundation of the WIDA Language Development Standards and enriched by practitioner feedback, our instructional resources work together as part of a larger system. In combination with assessment information and WIDA professional development, our teaching tools can enhance your instruction of multilingual learners. 

Empowering educators and advancing the field

As you support multilingual learners, you are building capacity in the areas of language development, instructional practices and assessment. WIDA can accelerate your growth with conferences, e-learning and more. Our research also expands knowledge on effectively supporting multilingual learners for educators, policymakers, and the research community. 

Instructional tools that positively impact the entire community  

Working with multiple education partners, WIDA developed the Can Do Philosophy – an approach that transforms the conversation from what learners can’t do to what they can do. By shifting from a focus on deficits to a focus on assets, together we send a powerful message: that multilingual learners and their families enrich our early childhood programs and K-12 schools.

  • WIDA helps teachers discover what their learners "can do."
  • WIDA values what families do to support their children’s education.
  • WIDA Early Years has partnered with 10 states to support their early childhood practitioners.

Watch this short video for an overview of WIDA's Can Do Philosophy.

May 2013 Featured Educator: Magali Williams

John Muir Literacy Academy, Schaumburg, IL

“WIDA has fine-tuned my teaching, and made me think about what I'm doing as a teacher every day to get the student to develop academic and content-related language.”

Key Instructional Products for Can Do Learning

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Can Do Descriptors – Key Uses Edition 

Descriptors that highlight what early childhood and K-12 multilingual learners can do at various ages and stages of language development. 

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English Language Development Standards 

A framework that represents the language English Language Learners need to engage with peers and educators to succeed in the academic environment.  

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Early Language Development Standards 

A developmentally sound framework for supporting, instructing and assessing multilingual children from ages 2.5-5.5 years.