Rita MacDonald is a grant coordinator for OELA (Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education) National Professional Development grants, and consultant and teacher trainer for the 22-state World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. WIDA is a non-profit cooperative of states working together to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for English Language Learners with innovative standards and assessments.
Rita teaches in the Master of Arts Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL) program at Saint Michael’s College in Vermont. She teaches applied linguistics, works with teachers on how to analyze content for academic English and on how to use WIDA tools and resources. Her public school experience in teaching K-12 ELLs and her college teaching experience provides a solid grounding in the realities and theory of classroom instruction for ELLs.