Collaboration Video on incorporating WIDA and SIOP into a 4th grade math lesson.

In this video you will hear about many strategies to provide ELL students the needed support for their language acquisition and math content.


US American Phrases Expressing Racism

When Racism Slips Into Everyday Speech

This is an article that has some big surprises.  It is important to understand the history of phrases and idioms.

My biggest surprise was:

“Eeny, meeny, miny, moe”: Learning the history of this phrase might taint your childhood memories. Heard at playgrounds around the world, this counting-out expression comes from a classic children’s rhyme dating back to the 19th century. Some early versions include the lyric, “Catch a n–ger by the toe.” The n-word was replaced by “tiger” in later years. Not quite as cute now, is it?

Click the link for more about the history of some idioms and phrases we may say and not know they have derived from a racial slur.

Read some examples here. Reblogged from: When Racism Slips Into Everyday Speech

Source: US American Phrases Expressing Racism

WIDA Updates: WIDA MODEL Online Grades 6-12

WIDA Updates: WIDA MODEL Online Grades 6-12


Announcing the addition of WIDA MODEL Online Grades 6-12 to our WIDA MODEL assessment suite! WIDAMODEL is a WIDA-developed, WIDA Standards-aligned, off-the-shelf screener and interim assessment.  The online version features:

  • Instant score reporting
  • Group administration for listening, reading and writing
  • Score tracking from year to year in the online interface with printable reports
  • A new additional writing task!

Note: The paper versions of WIDA MODEL K-12 continue to be available for purchase, and are not being discontinued.

Source: WIDA Updates: WIDA MODEL Online Grades 6-12

WIDA Goes Global: English Language Development Standards Books Now Available in 6 Languages

From the WIDA Store         
Announcing the addition of Learning Language Every Day! Calendar sets and Early English Language Development Standards books available in 6 languages!

  • English
  • Arabic
  • Brazilian Portuguese
  • Haitian Creole
  • Simple Chinese
  • Spanish

Connect academic language development in your preschool classroom (ages 2.5-5.5 years) with language development at home!

Click Here to check out these new resources!

Source: WIDA Goes Global: English Language Development Standards Books Now Available in 6 Languages

WIDA Access Training and Information

To all of you teachers using access, here is the testing info:

Introducing ACCESS for ELLs 2.0!

Welcome to a new school year! WIDA is excited to announce the availability of a number of new resources to support educators who will administer ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper or Online tests in 2015-16. This message outlines the new materials that are available as well as others that are upcoming.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Training

The ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 training course is in the process of a makeover to accompany WIDA’s newly enhanced assessment system. When finished in a few short weeks, the training will consist of step-by-step checklists, engaging new modules, visuals, and updated test administration manuals to assist educators in their roles as Test Administrators and Test Coordinators. Many of these resources are available now and more will be added every week!

Since there have been changes to testing procedures and scoring in some cases, many educators who are involved in ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test administration will be required to complete updated training this year.  You are welcome to login to now to review the new training materials launched this week and we recommend using the resources available to make plans for the coming months.

First, you will need to confirm with your district whether you will be administering ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Online or Paper for grades 1-12. The Kindergarten and Alternate ACCESS for ELLs assessments have not changed so unless required by your state or district, recertification is not needed for these components, but their training sections have also been reorganized to match the new checklist-driven training course format.

As in the past, there will be quizzes to pass for Kindergarten, Alternate ACCESS for ELLs, and the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Paper Speaking test. After passing a quiz with an 80% or higher, educators will be certified to give these tests. All other training will be in the form of a checklist of training tasks. The training course will still provide a certificate of your completed training, listing all passed quizzes and completed checklists, which will indicate which sections of the test you are allowed to administer.

Please log into your WIDA user account at to view the exciting new training course for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0!

Website Updates

In addition to the new training course materials, WIDA has added new content to theACCESS for ELLs 2.0 webpageincluding overview information and comprehensive FAQs.

WIDA is also offering sample online test items for educators to share with parents and students. NOTE: The sample items are not designed as practice tests for students but are designed to show the new online test platform.

Handy Links

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Test Preparation Resources page. This page includes:

WIDA Assessment Management System (WIDA AMS)

WIDA AMS, the administrative online portal for ACCESS for ELLs 2.0, is now available. Please visit these pages for information:

NOTE: Data Recognition Corp (DRC) will be setting up the accounts for Test Coordinators later this month after each state sends designated Test Coordinator contact information to DRC. You do not need to contact DRC or your state for a WIDA AMS account at this time.

Source: WIDA Access Training and Information

10 Ways to Help ELLs Succeed in Math


When it comes to learning math, English language learners (ELLs) have a unique challenge. Unlike most English-speaking students, ELLs have the task of learning a second language and learning content simultaneously. Click the article below to learn some strategies about how to best help ELLs in the math classroom.