WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) researcher Rita MacDonald works in the field of content-language integration, using the theory and pedagogy of systemic functional linguistics to build awareness of discipline-specific language and instructional capacity for K-12 teachers.
Dr. Timothy Boals
As Executive Director of WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), Dr. Timothy Boals’ research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for ELLs across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners.
As Director of Academic Language and Literacy Initiatives at WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment), Mariana Castro directs research and development related to the language development of PreK and school-aged children to create standards and standards-based resources for them, their families and their educators.
Dr. H. Gary Cook
Dr. H. Gary Cook directs research for WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) and focuses on alignment of standards and assessments, policy issues associated with Title III accountability and was the principal investigator for the Formative Language Assessment Records for English Language Learners (FLARE) project.
Dr. Todd Lundberg
Dr. Todd Lundberg is Dean for Student Learning at Cascadia College in Washington State.
Dr. Paula A. White
Dr. Paula A. White is a researcher and project manager at WCER (Wisconsin Center for Education Research) in educational policy who served as project manager on the FLARE project, the five year project foundational to this work on formative language assessment.