Tim Boals, Ph.D.
Tim Boals is the Executive Director
of the WIDA Consortium. He holds a Ph.D.
in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with
an emphasis in the education of English language learners (ELLs). His background includes language education, educational policy for ELLs, and Spanish
language and literature.
As the WIDA Executive Director,
Tim oversees operations and long range planning, research, and consortium outreach efforts. His research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for English language learners
across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners. He is currently collaborating on a teacher handbook for formative language assessment, an edited volume on adolescent literacy development for ELLs, a chapter on how Latinos' school success is influenced by cultural perceptions, and an article on how teachers can facilitate productive language interactions within small groups. Tim frequently presents at conferences in the U.S. and internationally on the challenges facing linguistically and culturally diverse learners and how schools and educators can better meet their needs.
WIDA projects he is particularly excited about include the UCLA/WIDA collaborative to develop language learning progressions for formative classroom assessment, Spanish Academic Language Standards and the PODER language assessments, and the data-driven school improvement materials and coaching processes now available as part of the LADDER project.
When not at WIDA, Tim likes to play guitar with his son and play racket sports with his daughter.
Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-263-4326
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