The WIDA Annual Conference is the largest and most prominent conference anywhere dedicated to Pre-K through Grade 12 English Language Learner educators and administrators. By teachers, for teachers!
WIDA advances academic language development and academic achievement for children and youth who are culturally and linguistically diverse through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional learning for educators.
Professor in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York
Ofelia García is Professor in the Ph.D. programs of Urban Education and of Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at The Graduate Center of The City University of New York. She has been Professor of Bilingual Education at Columbia University´s Teachers College, Dean of the School of Education at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, and Professor of Education at The City College of New York. Among her best-known books are Bilingual Education in the 21st Century: A global perspective; and Translanguaging: Language, bilingualism and education (with Li Wei, 2015, British Association of Applied Linguistics Book Award recipient). García is the General Editor of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language, and the co-editor of Language Policy (with H. Kelly-Holmes). García’s extensive publication record on bilingualism and the education of bilinguals is grounded in her life experience living in New York City after leaving Cuba at the age of 11, teaching language minority students bilingually, educating bilingual and ESL teachers, and working with doctoral students researching these topics. In 2017 she received the Charles Ferguson Award in Applied Linguistics from the Center of Applied Linguistics, and the Lifetime Career Award from the Bilingual Education SIG of the American Education Research Association.
Howard Stephenson was elected to the Utah Senate in 1992 where he has been a leader in education and tax policy. Senator Stephenson’s efforts have resulted in Utah leading the nation in the number and percentage of students involved in Dual Language Immersion including Chinese language and culture, and the percentage of students involved in daily personalized learning through adaptive computer assisted instruction.
Senator Stephenson serves as the National Education Coordinator for the Utah State Senate. He is a member of the Senate Education Committee, the Higher Education and Public Education Appropriations Subcommittees and Chair of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee and Administrative Rules Review Committee. Nationally, he has served as the Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Education Standing Committee and is currently the Public Sector Chair of the Education Task Force of the American Legislative Exchange Council and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Education Commission of the States.
Senator Stephenson is nationally recognized as a legislative expert on digital teaching and learning. He has addressed thousands of state legislators and school administrators regarding the power of digital learning tools and how effective implementation of those tools can significantly increase student learning. He received B.S. degrees in psychology and aerospace studies and a Master of Public Administration degree, from Brigham Young University and currently serves as president of the Utah Taxpayers Association.
Professor Emerita and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction
Gloria Ladson-Billings is Professor Emerita and former Kellner Family Distinguished Professor in Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and was Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the President of the National Academy of Education. She was the 2005--2006 president of the American Educational Research Association. Ladson-Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education.
Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children, Crossing over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms, and Beyond the Big House: African American Educators on Teacher Education. She is editor of 6 other books and author of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. She is the 2015 winner of the Social Justice in Education Award given by the American Educational Research Association. She was named the 2012 winner of the Brock International Prize in education. In 2014 she was a panelist on the White House’s African American Educational Excellence Initiative’s Essence Festival, “Smart Starts at Home” panel. In 2015 she received the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association. In 2016 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Benjamin Banneker Association of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics. In Fall 2017 she received the John Nisbet Award from the British Educational Research Association at the University of Sussex in Brighton, England.