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Supporting multilingual learners during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, WIDA remains committed to supporting educators, multilingual learners and their families. This webpage features learning opportunities from WIDA Professional Learning and a list of resources that can aide educators in providing remote instruction to multilingual learners.

Visit the COVID-19 Updates page to learn about WIDA's response to the pandemic and read the latest updates.

“As we prepare our classrooms to welcome students, whether in a school building or virtually, or a hybrid model, we worry about reconnecting with students we have known from last year and finding, identifying and welcoming new students who might need language assistance in the coming school year.”

– Dr. Diep Nguyen, WIDA director of professional learning

Micro-Offerings from WIDA Professional Learning

To help navigate the unique challenges of teaching during the pandemic, WIDA has a new series of micro-offerings. The 30-45 minute courses are open to anyone and are designed for educators who work with multilingual children and youth across a variety of settings.  

View the Course Series

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What's New
  • In the WIDA eSummit panel discussion Teaching Multilingual Learners During Extraordinary Times: WIDA Fellows’ Success Stories, ten WIDA educators share their challenges and successes of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar recording for this session is available to domestic WIDA Consortium members in the WIDA Secure Portal (password required).

  • "Voices from the Field,” a WIDA International Newsletter series co-authored with global educators, features an asset-based collection of high leverage practices for teaching multilingual learners online. The first article in the series focuses on the importance of supporting students’ socio-emotional well-being and creating strong classroom communities during online learning.

  • Five Things We Can Do to Support Multilingual Students Online,” co-authored by Esther Bettney of the WIDA International School Consortium, offers an asset-based collection of high leverage practices for teaching multilingual learners online.

  • The WIDA Focus Bulletin Educación en el mundo actual: Equity in bilingual settings offers strategies for advancing equity in bilingual settings during the mundo actual of COVID-19. The importance of valuing multilingual learners’ linguistic and cultural diversity, using translanguaging, and leveraging technological resources are emphasized. This Focus Bulletin is available in Spanish.

WIDA Resources
Tips for Parents and Families

Director of WIDA Early Years Lorena Mancilla provides parents and guardians with guidance on working at home with a young child in the following articles:

Resources for State and School Leaders

Get tips for safer testing and find out what’s new with WIDA assessments.

Educator Connection and Collaboration
WIDA Staff Recommended Resources
Mental Health and Staying Well

WIDA has compiled the resources on this page for your review. Schools, districts and states are responsible for making choices about appropriate and applicable technologies and products.