WIDA International School Consortium
Who we are
WIDA, a nonprofit research center within University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Education, advances academic language development and academic achievement for multilingual children to help ensure equitable, quality education. WIDA resources are used by 42 domestic states, territories and federal agencies, and approximately 500 international schools throughout the world.
What we do
At WIDA, we create more than just assessments. We support students, families, educators and administrators with high-quality, research-based tools and resources, dedicated to language development for multilingual learners. We strive to provide multilingual learners – of all ages and all levels of language development, in programs and classrooms around the world – with an equitable opportunity to obtain a quality education that reinforces learner assets. WIDA provides international and independent schools with a trusted, comprehensive approach to teaching, assessing, and supporting multilingual learners.
The WIDA International School Consortium is a global network of 500 accredited preK-12 independent schools focused on educating multilingual learners. As a benefit of membership in the International School Consortium, you gain access to the WIDA standards and assessment system. This system includes research-based standards for English language development in international contexts. International School Consortium members have access to assessments such as WIDA MODEL (an interim or summative assessment) and WIDA Screener (for determining English language proficiency in new students).
International schools have found that the alignment between WIDA assessments and instructional resources support a collaborative approach to integrating language and content learning. This approach includes co-planning, co-teaching and co-assessing.
WIDA All Year Long
Learn how WIDA is more than a test! Mr. Vega is a 6th grade EAL (English as an Additional Language) teacher at an international school who works with colleagues and families to support multilingual learners. Follow Mr. Vega all year long, as he focuses on what his students can do, using WIDA resources to collaborate and plan effective learning activities throughout the school year. Find out more.
Join WIDA International School Consortium
Why join the WIDA International School Consortium? This flyer provides information about WIDA resources and the benefits of membership for independent schools. Find out more.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
The WIDA Institute is a comprehensive introduction to explore the WIDA Standards and Assessment System. Attending an institute is a first step in learning how WIDA resources work together to support multilingual students and their teachers. Find out more.
Introduction to WIDA Webinar
This free webinar will introduce international schools to WIDA. As a university-based research center, WIDA supports a global network of more than 500 international schools with assessments, instructional resources and professional learning to help schools to build capacity for serving multilingual learners through an asset-based approach. WIDA supports member schools in integrating language and literacy into all subject areas and promotes collaboration to ensure all teachers take responsibility for all students. Join this session to learn more about how the WIDA global network can support teaching and learning at your school. Find out more.