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
City University of New York
Ofelia Garcia 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. Her 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.
Utah State Senator
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.
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 and Instruction and was Faculty Affiliate in the Departments of Educational Policy Studies, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the President of the National Academy of Education. 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.