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April
1
2016

Marci Jamrose is the WIDA Featured Educator for April

Marci Jamrose works with young dual language learners at Rock Walworth County Comprehensive Family Services Head Start in Lake Geneva, WI. To read more about the wonderful work Marci is doing to promote learning and language developement. Read more

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with "Featured Educator Nomination" in the subject line.

March
1
2016

Margaret Brown is the WIDA Featured Educator for March

Margaret Brown, is a Middle School ESL teacher in Norman, Oklahoma. She is known by her students, their families, and her colleagues as an advocate for her ELL students. Read more

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with "Featured Educator Nomination" in the subject line.

Febuary
2
2016

Michelle Jefferson is the WIDA Featured Educator for February

Michelle Jefferson is a Kindergarten teacher at Lodge Grass Elementary School located in Montana on the Crow Indian Reservation. Having been a student in the district herself, Michelle now works to support her students' academic and linguistic growth in a culturally responsive manner. Read more

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with "Featured Educator Nomination" in the subject line.

January
8
2016

New Parent Resource for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs

A new resource is now available for families of students taking ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs. The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Parent Handout and the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs Parent Handout are one-page resources, available in English and six other languages, that answer frequently asked questions from parents. Educators are encouraged to share these new resources with families prior to, or during, the testing window. These new resources are available in the Download Library

January
7
2016

Erica Jimenez Is the WIDA Featured Educator for January

This new year's Featured Educator, Erica Jimenez, is described by her colleagues as being a “bridge builder” amongst staff, students, and their families in her role as an Transitional Bilingual Educator Resource Teacher in Illinois. Read more.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

December
11
2015

Participate in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test

WIDA is recruiting tier B/C students in grades 1-12 to participate in the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Writing Field Test that will take place January 4, 2016 - February 12, 2016! Only students who are taking the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 online assessment are eligible to participate. This also includes students in grades 1-3 who are taking the online assessment for which the Writing domain continues to be paper-based. Administration of the Writing Field Test must be done after the completion of the operational ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

There will be no additional technological preparation required since the field test will be administered through the same secure browser that students use for their regular ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 assessment. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

If you would like to participate, please contact Alex Bauer at WIDA via email or phone: alex.bauer@wisc.edu, 608.265.0601.

December
4
2015

Mershon West Viscusie Is the WIDA Featured Educator for December

December's Featured Educator, Mershon West Viscusie, is an ESL Technology Resource teacher in Charlotte, NC. Read about how Mershon taps into her knowledge of language development, theater, arts, and technology to support ELL students and their educators. Read more about Mershon

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

october
9
2015

Amanda Kail Is the WIDA Featured Educator for October

Amanda Kail, the featured educator for October says, "I am a teacher first because I really truly believe public education is the foundation of democracy. Being an educator allows me to help support democracy. There aren’t many places in life in which you can really help everyone get a fair chance. I love my job because every day my students challenge me." Read more about Amanda

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

September
29
2015

Participate in a Teacher Interview during the WIDA National Conference (Oct. 2015)

Are you a grades 1-12 ELL teacher attending the WIDA National Conference in Oct. 2015? If so, participate in a 30-60minute interview at the conference to share your opinions on the ACCESS for ELLs score report (participants will receive a $20 gift). Interviews will contribute to developing the new ACCESS 2.0 score report. Limited space available. Contact Alicia to sign-up at alicia.kim@wisc.edu.

September
1
2015

Susan Clarke Is the WIDA Featured Educator for September

“Home is where your story begins. What is your story?” That is a theme that Susan Clarke, the WIDA Featured Educator, uses in her classroom. Susan is a 3rd grade ESL educator at Meadow View Elementary School in Alabaster, AL. She is entering her 25th year of teaching and her 14th year at her current school. Read more.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

august
3
2015

Heather Brooke Robertson Is the WIDA Featured Educator for August

Heather Brooke Robertson has worked with ELLs ranging from 4K-8th grade in both California and Wisconsin. She has also started the company Books Del Sur which imports rich, bilingual texts from Latin America. This fall, Heather will begin co-teaching at Lincoln Elementary School in Madison, WI. Read more about Heather.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

July
15
2015

Welcome, Florida!

Florida is the latest state to join the WIDA Consortium. Florida previously adopted the English Language Development Standards and will participate in ACCESS for ELLs testing for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year. Welcome Florida educators!

July
2
2015

Welcome, Idaho!

Idaho is the latest member of the WIDA Consortium. Idaho previously adopted the English Language Development Standards and will participate in ACCESS for ELLs testing for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year. We welcome Idaho educators and further extending the mission of promoting educational equity for all language learners.

July
1
2015

Beletu Angagaw Is the WIDA Featured Educator for July

Beletu Angagaw has worked in early education on three continents. She now serves as the Early Head Start Coordinator at Quincy Community Action Programs in Quincy, MA. In 2014, she was selected to take part in the first WIDA Early Years Master Cadre, which offered a two-day workshop, webinars and ongoing technical assistance and training support to teachers of young dual language learners. Read more about Beletu.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

June
1
2015

Theresa Kashale Is the WIDA Featured Educator for June

Theresa Kashale is an English language learner teacher in Sioux Falls School District in South Dakota. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she arrived in the United States in 1995 as a refugee. Read more about Theresa's work to earn her Ph.D. in education and running an orphanage called Theresa’s House in Kinshasa, DRC.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

May
6
2015

Maggie Churchill Is the WIDA Featured Educator for May

Maggie Churchill is a middle school ESL teacher in the Closter Public Schools in Bergen County, NJ. She is also an adjunct faculty instructor at Montclair State University, and a consultant to the NJ Bureau of Bilingual/ESL Education. She has been teaching English language learners for 20 years. Read more.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

APRIL
2
2015

Nancy Nadel Is the WIDA Featured Educator for April

Nancy Nadel is in her twelfth year of teaching middle school English learners at Hunt Middle School in Burlington, VT. Learn about Nancy's collaboration with Saint Michael's college to create internships for pre-service teachers who work with ELLs.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

March
27
2015

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Testing

WIDA is happy to announce that over 14,000 students have completed the 2015 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Field Test! Thank you to the many schools that participated or will be participating over the next few weeks.

The end of the Field Test window is rapidly approaching and in order to make sure we reach as many students as possible, WIDA is counting on all schools that volunteered to follow through with their commitment. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Alex Bauer at alex.bauer@wisc.edu. For any technology related questions, please contact DRC Customer Service at (855) 787-9615 or WIDA@datarecognitioncorp.com.

March
3
2015

Jacqueline Fernandez Is the WIDA Featured Educator for March

Jacqueline Fernandez is a science teacher and STEM coordinator at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC-CA) Career Academy in Washington, D.C. Read more about how this aspiring astronaut and science education researcher for NASA works with ELLs in STEM.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.

FEbruary
9
2015

The WIDA Video Contest Is Back

WIDA would like to learn about, celebrate, and share model classroom practices that develop all students’ academic language and advance ELL achievement. We therefore are requesting 5- to 10-minute video submissions that include:

  • Classroom interactions and/or activities that promote effective teaching, learning, and/or assessment of content and language for ELLs;
  • Educator reflections/interviews on those classroom events.

Find out more.

FEbruary
9
2015

Enrique Guerrero Is the WIDA Featured Educator for February

Enrique Guerrero is an English language development specialist at Kearney Middle School in Commerce City, CO. He has taught English language learners for seven years. Read about Enrique's work focusing on newly arrived students.

Featured Educator is a monthly interview with a classroom, district, or state-level educator on how he or she is making a difference for language learners. You can honor an exceptional colleague by emailing info@wida.us with “Featured Educator Nomination” in the subject line.