Viet Thanh Nguyen headlines 2021 WIDA eConference on Oct. 14


The 2021 WIDA eConference, which takes place on Oct. 14, features a keynote address by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen. It also includes sessions led by and for educators, plus sessions on new WIDA resources — and how to use them in the classroom — like Marco de referencia de las artes del lenguaje del español de WIDA (Marco ALE), a Spanish language arts framework, the WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards Framework, 2020 Edition, and WIDA Screener for Kindergarten.

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

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Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Sympathizer,” will deliver the 2021 WIDA eConference keynote address on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 10 – 11 a.m. (Central Time). During his address, Nguyen will talk about his experience as a refugee in America and his work to advocate for Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs).

“It is an incredible honor to have Viet Thanh Nguyen join the 2021 WIDA eConference and share his powerful story with attendees,” says Tim Boals, WIDA’s founder and director. “Given that the theme of the conference is ‘reimagining opportunity and access for multilingual learners,’ it is more important than ever to shine a light on Viet’s experiences and his advocacy work within the AAPI community.”

The 2021 WIDA eConference is sold out. If you’d still like to attend the event, join the waitlist on the 2021 WIDA eConference website.

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