Friday, January 27, 2012

Tips for Scheduling the ACCESS

Preparing to administer the ACCESS for ELLs can be a time-consuming process for test administrators and district level test coordinators alike.  Recently I had the chance to interview Rosemarie Meyer, Assistant Superintendent for Bilingual/ESL Programs in Community Consolidated School District 21 in Wheeling, Illinois.  Just over 37% of CCSD 21 students are English language learners.  She shared some tips that have helped

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Video Contest for Educators of ELLs

I am excited to let you know about a video contest that WIDA is sponsoring for teachers of ELLs. Not only are there some great prizes for participants, but you also have the chance to showcase the wonderful activities and assessments that you use with your ELLs.   The contest is open to all

Monday, January 9, 2012

Wanted: Local ELL-related blogs

Does your state have a blog that WIDA should know about? 

Maybe it is a blog run by a teacher (ESL, bilingual or mainstream), a district administrator or someone at your state department of education. 

If it deals with ELLs, let me know about it by posting a link to the blog in a comment below.  Thanks!

Written by: Tammy King

Friday, January 6, 2012

I’ve got a question about ACCESS for ELLs…

Over the years, I have turned to the WIDA Help Desk with various questions.  Often they are able to give me an answer, and I am on my merry way.  Once I even called them on the lunch break during a workshop to get an answer to one of my attendee’s questions.  Every now and again, I have found out that my question would be answered better