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Nido Featured by WIDA

Nido de Aguilas was the focus school of the month in WIDA's November newsletter. Several faculty members at Nido have actively participated in WIDA research for developing new tools to further guide instruction and assessment with early learners in international settings.


Focus School of the Month: International School Nido de Aguilas


How/why did you start using WIDA?

Initially, we were most concerned with refining the assessment tools we were using to evaluate English language proficiency. WIDA stood out to us because, more than just an assessment, we found that we could use the tools to design instruction and set language objectives for our learners. Over many years we've moved towards alignment across divisions. Although we still have work to do, our team members are engaging in student centered conversations, participating in norming as we look at student work and speaking samples, and utilizing the tools for conversations with colleagues and parents.


How has it supported student learning and program growth?

"Before I had my WIDA training, I did not have a good tool or a strategy to analyze, measure and specifically teach speaking. I knew that the ability to speak English for academic purposes wasn't just going to happen on its own. I also knew what good speaking sounded like. However, I did not know how to interpret speaking samples and set specific goals for improvement. In my brain, the word 'rubric' has always been associated with something daunting, until the day I realized that WIDA Speaking and Writing rubrics were more than just rubrics. The three dimensions (discourse, sentence, word/phrase) and six proficiency levels, which WIDA uses to describe various aspects of spoken and written language, guide me on a daily basis in examining student speaking and writing samples and help me set specific goals to enhance their oral and written language development. Whether in ESL pull-out class or during Social Studies push-in, I am constantly focused on the following: 'How connected are his ideas? How varied are his sentence patterns? How smooth is the flow? How specific are his word choices and how they fit with the context?" -Stella Cornell

"I like the fact that WIDA is focused on what students can do. In addition to giving students, teachers, and parents a roadmap of where students should be headed next, it also lets everyone know where they currently are on their journey. It aids in providing just the right amount of challenge for each student as he/she grows and develops." -Amy Zimmer

"Hosting the WIDA Symposium was an excellent way for Nido to launch the use of WIDA tools for use in our division and across the school. WIDA assessments and rubrics have proven to be essential tools in our work to creating a more systematic approach to how Nido identifies, instructs, and equips students for success in language and content learning." -Jon Penhollow

"In addition to informing my own ESL instruction, the WIDA tools provide a platform for conversations with classroom teachers and parents in elementary school. I can use the Can-Do Descriptors to help teachers better understand how to adapt instructions, assignments, and assessments for their English learners, and I can share the Speaking and Writing Rubrics to promote explicit language instruction across the content areas. Parents appreciate an explanation of the WIDA English Development Levels so they can support their children at home with reasonable expectations.When we work as a team using a common understanding of language acquisition, we can better serve our students in their language-learning journey." -Sharon Dent

High School Principal Announcement

Nido recently conducted a worldwide search to select a High School Principal for the 2018-2019 academic year and is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Kate McKenna to the position of High School Principal beginning in July 2018.

Financial Aid for 2018-2019

We are pleased to announce the application period for Nido's financial aid program is now open for families wishing to apply for the 2018-2019 school year.

Headmaster Transition

The Board of Directors at the International School Nido de Aguilas has announced that Dr. Ralph Maurer will be departing Nido with his family in December 2017, and Assistant Headmaster and High School Principal David Perry will become Acting Headmaster.

Nido Featured by WIDA

Nido was the focus school of the month in WIDA's November newsletter. Several faculty members at Nido have actively participated in WIDA research for developing new tools to further guide instruction and assessment with early learners in international settings.

Improv Show & Drama Fest

This week will feature two events showcasing a semester's work from several Drama classes.

Chamber Music Fest 2017

Nido de Aguilas to pleased to present the 2nd annual Chamber Music Fest on November 21 and 22.

Light Up the Night 2017

Whether you're currently in the Nido Community or not, ALL are invited to Nido's annual community walk for cancer, Light up the Night on Friday, December 1, 2017, 8:00 pm to midnight.

NPA Staff Appreciation Lunch

Last Friday, November 3rd, we celebrated the Staff Appreciation Lunch, hosted by the Nido Parent Association.

Outdoor Education in the EYS

Throughout the year the EYS has different learning opportunities that allow students and teachers to utilize the back hills of Nido's campus to extend the learning to the outdoors.

Kermess 2017

The entire Nido community is invited to Kermess, our largest event of the year, on Saturday, November 18, 11:00am - 4:30pm.


HS Principal Candidate Meeting

Parents are invited to meet the first candidate for High School Principal this Thursday, October 26 from 3:15-4:00pm in Room 16.

Nido Music Fest Results

Last week we welcomed students from 16 different schools to perform for Nido Music Fest.

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