Distance Teaching and Learning

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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 aid educators in providing remote and hybrid instruction for multilingual learners.

Visit the COVID-19 Response and Updates page for resources and information on using WIDA assessments during the pandemic.

“We cannot predict how the spread of the coronavirus will affect schools tomorrow, next week or months from now. However, we do know that educators across the world are leaders in understanding the power of unity, patience, and kindness. It is because of your steadfast commitment to multilingual learners and youth that our communities will persevere.”

-Tim Boals, WIDA founder and director

“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.”

– Diep Nguyen, WIDA director of Educator Learning, Research, and Practice

Micro-Offerings from WIDA Professional Learning

To help navigate the unique challenges of teaching during the pandemic, WIDA offers a 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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Tips for Parents and Families

The Office of Educational Technology offers the Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide that supports parents and caregivers as they monitor their children's learning and technology use. This guide is available in English and Spanish.

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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.