WIDA News

December
7
2017

WIDA News for December 2017

The December edition of WIDA News is now available. Learn about our new Foundational Workshops, the 2018 WIDA Annual Conference proposal window, and more. Please visit the WIDA News Page to read more.

December
4
2017

WIDA 2018 Annual Conference Proposal Window Open

The proposal submission window for WIDA 2018 Annual Conference in Detroit, MI is now open. Proposals will be accepted from December 4 through January 21, 2018. Please visit the WIDA Conference Page to learn more or to submit your proposal.

December
1
2017

Rachel Burrell is the WIDA Featured Educator for December

Rachel Burrell's work with multilingual students is motivated by her belief that education has the power to positively impact students' lives. Read More.

November
7
2017

WIDA AMS On-Demand Reporting Outage

On-Demand reporting will be unavailable due to planned maintenance starting at 6:00pm CT on Friday, Nov. 10. Actual downtime is expected to be about 12-15 hours (to approximately 9am on Saturday), however, sites may want to plan for services to be unavailable for the entire weekend in the event the maintenance takes longer than planned. You can monitor the status of WIDA AMS, INSIGHT, and DRC Customer Service from this page.

November
1
2017

Paper Speaking Training Resources are now available in the Secure Portal

Speaking supplemental training materials for ACCESS 2.0 Paper have been updated for the 2017-18 administration year. In addition to the core speaking assessment training, this supplemental training is a resource for test administrators. It provides tasks, model responses, and student responses at all score points for all grade level clusters. Test administrators have the opportunity to rate student responses and check score explanations. The 2017-18 Supplemental Training for the Speaking Assessment can be found in My Account & Secure Portal under the Paper-Based ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Grades 1-12 tile.

November
1
2017

Hanna Gneiting is the WIDA Featured Educator for November

Hanna Gneiting serves as a Youth Programs Manager for the Outdoor Outreach Organization based in San Diego where she helps to empower students through outdoor activities. Read more.

October
3
2017

Teacher Practices & Student Experience Survey

The WIDA Professional Learning Design team is seeking to hear from educators across our consortium and internationally about how teachers support and engage their multilanguage learners. If you are an educator, please take this short survey. We are also seeking to hear from students about their learning experiences. Please share this short survey with your students. Thank you for your support, your participation, and your feedback.

September
21
2017

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Prep Materials

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Administrator Manual and District & School Test Coordinator Manual have been updated for 2017-18. Download these manuals located in the Key Resources box on the ACCESS preparation page to view detailed information on ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

September
15
2017

WIDA News for September 2017

The latest WIDA News for September 2017 includes an announcement about the 2017 WIDA Annual Conference, new ACCESS 2.0 website resources, and more! Read more.

September
12
2017
WIDA 2017 Annual Conference Update Regarding Hurricane Irma

Like many of you, we were watching Hurricane Irma as she stormed up the Florida peninsula. Fortunately, much of the damage was less than projected with worst case scenaries and there was no damage to the Tampa Convention Center. That means preparations for the WIDA 2017 Annual Conference are continuing to move forward.

There is still time to register if you act quickly! In the past, the WIDA Conference has reached capacity and we have had to place people on a waiting list. You can avoid the wait list by registering today!

September
5
2017
WIDA Growth Reports Survey Available

WIDA has created a survey for educators and administrators who are involved in analyzing English language learners' growth using ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test results and other data sources. If you, or someone you know, does this type of work or is interested in learning more, please complete the survey below or pass it along to a colleague. WIDA wants to know about educators' needs around data analysis and program improvement to inform potential future offerings.

The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will expire September 17th. Thank you for your help!

Update: Survey has expired. Thank you to all who participated!

September
1
2017

Zulma Torres is the WIDA Featured Educator for September

Zulma Torres taps into her personal experiences and studies in the field of education to support language learners on the island of St. Croix. Read more.

August
17
2017

WIDA News Extra for August 2017

The WIDA News Extra for August 2017 includes links to the WIDA Website Survey and the winners of the Conference Sweepstakes! Read more.

August
8
2017

WIDA News for August 2017

The latest WIDA News for August 2017 includes an introduction to our new Director of Professional Learning, our Frequently Asked Question of the Month, an update on WIDA Reference Cards and more! Read more.

August
1
2017

Monica Cortada is the WIDA Featured Educator for August

Monica Cortada passionately serves language learners and their families in Maryland by helping to address both academic and social-emotional needs of her students.Read More

July
18
2017

Updated Technology System Requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online

Updated technology system requirements for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online are now available at wida.us/accesstech. In 2017–18, DRC will no longer support Android systems for testing.

July
1
2017

Margarita Ugalde is the WIDA Featured Educator for July

Margarita Ugalde is a home care provider in Madison, WI. She runs a bilingual center supporting children ages 3 months to four years old. Read More

June
1
2017

Leah Juelke is the WIDA Featured Educator for June

Leah Juelke has taken on various unique literacy projects with her language learners in Fargo, North Dakota in efforts to share the stories of refugee and immigrant students. Read More

May
1
2017

Karolina Mills is the WIDA Featured Educator for May

Karolina Mills taps into her own experience of moving to the United States and learning multiple languages to support her students and colleagues in Vineland, New Jersey. Read more

April
1
2017

Madalena Elshoff is the WIDA Featured Educator for April

Madalena Elshoff teaches at Korea International School Jeju in which she believes all students are lifelong learners and language learners. She embodies this belief for herself as she continues her own research and department level work to continually improve how she supports her students and colleagues. Read more

March
1
2017

Maryann MacDougall is the WIDA Featured Educator for March

Maryann MacDougall is a speech-language pathologist in Watertown, MA.  Maryann demonstrates the power of collaboration with ESL and other educators in supporting dual language learners. Read more

February
1
2017

Nadra Shami is the WIDA Featured Educator for February

Nadra Shami currently serves as a Language and Literacy SIOP Trainer in Dearborn, MI. She truly embraces the WIDA Can Do Philosophy in her support to educators, language learners, and their families. Read more

January
1
2017

Victoria Saldala is the WIDA Featured Educator for January

Victoria Saldala serves as the Director for the Bilingual/ESOL Department in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In this role, Victoria has been instrumental in helping the district increase their effectiveness in supporting language learning across the content areas and increasing educators knowledge about language development. Read more

December
1
2016

Barbara Noel is the WIDA Featured Educator for December

Barbara Noel works internationally to help language learners in Buenos Aires, Argentina by supporting educators’ professional learning. Read more

November
1
2016

Dr. Cherrilynn Woods Washington is the WIDA Featured Educator for November

Dr. Cherrilynn Woods Washington has worked in various capacities to support language learners, including being an ESOL teacher, serving on the board of Georgia TESOL, and teaching ESOL endorsement courses to in-service teachers. She has been described as the “educator that all English learners deserve to have.”. Read more

October
4
2016

Laurel Peifer is the WIDA Featured Educator for October

Laurel Peifer works to support language learners and their teachers in Pennsylvania,where she strives to make all learning meaningful for the students. Read more

September
27
2016

Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) Joins WIDA Consortium

The BIE has joined the WIDA Consortium as the 39th State Education Agency. BIE serves approximately 41,000 American Indian and Alaska Native children at 183 elementary and secondary schools on 64 reservations in 23 states. The educational services the BIE provides are vital to current and future students who are their tribes’ future. To find out more about BIE, visit their website at www.bie.edu. Welcome to WIDA BIE!

September
2
2016

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training material has been completely refreshed for 2016-17

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training material has been completely refreshed for 2016-17. Read an overview or download testing manuals on the ACCESS Preparation page. Then, login to view the new training tutorials and take the certification quizzes. Please share the 2016-17 Training Overview memo with everyone involved in ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 in your school or district.

September
1
2016

Mary Lou Donahoe is the WIDA Featured Educator for September

Mary Lou Donahoe is a life-long learner who works to provide effective and culturally relevant instruction to the students she works with in New Hampshire. 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
2
2016

Julie Bulthuis is the WIDA Featured Educator for August

Julie Bulthuis is a passionate ELL teacher for Los Alamos School District in New Mexico where she collaborates with students, families, and educators to build on the strengths of language learners and ensure that everyone feel a sense of belonging in the 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.

July
5
2016

Jeanette Christenson is the WIDA Featured Educator for July

Jeanette Christenson is the ESL/Migrant District Coordinator in Logan, Utah where she helps schools make data driven decisions and supports classroom teachers to understand and effectively instruct language learners. 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.

June
2
2016

Carla Picard is the WIDA Featured Educator for June

Carla Picard teaches in the "Crown of Maine" where she supports ELLs in Aroostook County. To read more about the high expectations she holds for her ELL students and how she supports their achievement. 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.

May
2
2016

Brenda Colonna is the WIDA Featured Educator for May

Brenda Colonna is the ESL District Coordinator and the ESL Program Specialist in Kentucky and stated, "My goal is to work myself out of a job by building up the school leaders." 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
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.