Viet Thanh Nguyen on the front page of the WIDA 2021 electronic conference on October 14



12 October 2021

The WIDA 2021 eConference, taking place on October 14, features an opening speech by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. It also includes sessions led by and for educators, as well as sessions on the new WIDA resources Рand how to use them in the classroom Рsuch as Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del espa̱ol de WIDA (Marco ALE), a framework of arts of the Spanish language, the WIDA Framework of Standards for English Language Development (ELD), 2020 Edition, and WIDA scout for kindergarten.

The 2021 WIDA Electronic Conference is a one-day virtual event featuring 20 live sessions with interactive discussion groups. Conference presenters include WIDA staff, educators and experts in the field. Sessions are designed for educators of multilingual K-12 learners.

Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel “The Sympathizer”, will deliver the opening speech at the WIDA eConference 2021 on Thursday, October 14 from 10 am to 11 am (central time). During his remarks, Nguyen will talk about his experience as a refugee in America and his work advocating for Asian Americans in the Pacific Islands (AAPI).

“It is an incredible honor that Viet Thanh Nguyen joins the WIDA 2021 eConference and shares his powerful story with attendees,” said Tim Boals, Founder and Director of WIDA. “Since the theme of the conference is ‘Reimagining Opportunities and Access for Multilingual Learners’, it is more important than ever to highlight Viet’s experiences and his advocacy work within the AAPI community. “

WIDA 2021 e-conference is sold out. If you still want to attend the event, join the waiting list on the WIDA 2021 Electronic Conference website.

WIDA is an educational services organization within UW-Madison’s School of Education. It advances the development of school language and the academic success of multilingual children by providing resources that ensure equitable and quality education.


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