Margo is the co-founder and lead developer for WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison and director, of assessment and evaluation at the Illinois Resource Center. Over the last decade, she has spearheaded the development of English language proficiency/development standards for American Samoa, Guam, TESOL, and WIDA and has designed assessment systems and comprehensive curricular frameworks. Starting her career as an ESL and bilingual teacher for Chicago Public Schools, Margo has worked with states, school districts, publishers, governments, universities, and organizations in addition to serving on numerous state and national expert panels. Highlights of her career include being a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Chile and being appointed to the U.S. Department of Education’s Inaugural National Technical Advisory Council.
Throughout the years Margo has presented in Asia, Central America, Europe, Indonesia, the Middle East, North America, the Pacific, and South America as well as close to home and across the United States. Margo's publications span over 80 articles, monographs, handbooks, and chapters. Her most recent books include: Academic Language in Diverse Classrooms: Definitions and Contexts (with Ernst-Slavit, 2014), a foundational book for an edited six book series Promoting Content and Language Learning, and her 2016 2nd edition of Assessing English Language Learners: Bridges to Educational Equity.
I hope you enjoy our discussion as much I did. By the way, the lovely guitar music is from the introduction to “Caballo Viejo” by the Venezuelan musician, Simón Díaz.
We have included references here to the three seminal texts that Margo reference in her discussion:
Weir, C. (2004). Language testing and validation: An evidence-based approach. Palgrave MacMillan: New York, NY.
Basterra, M., Trumbull, E., & Solano Flores, G. (2010). Cultural validity in assessment: Addressing linguistic and cultural diversity. Language, Culture, and Teaching Series. Routledge: New York, NY.
Earl, L. (2003, 2012). Assessment as learning: Using classroom assessment to maximize student learning. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA.