Senior Research Scientist
Tim Boals is the Executive Director of the WIDA Consortium. He holds a Ph.D. in curriculum from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with an emphasis in the education of English language learners. His background includes language education, educational policy for ELLs, and Spanish language and literature.
As the WIDA Executive Director, Tim oversees operations and long range planning efforts. He serves on the WIDA Research Subcommittee and his research interests involve the interplay between content and language learning for English language learners across the language acquisition continuum and the effects of standards on classroom practice for these learners. He has recently collaborated on articles about re-conceptualization of academic language and the evolving construct of English language testing, the books "Multilingual Learners and Academic Literacies" and "Formative Language Assessment for ELLs," and a book chapter on supporting ELLs with special needs. Tim frequently presents at national and regional conferences on the challenges facing ELLs and how schools and educators can better meet their needs.
Phone: (608) 263-4326
Office: 1263N Ed Sciences
Current ProjectsWIDA: World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment Consortium
Developing Culturally Responsive Native Language Assessment Systems
Completed ProjectsObtaining Necessary Parity through Academic Rigor (ONPAR)
Literacy in Assessment and Data Designed for Effective Results for English Language Learners (LADDER)
The MAGIC Project: Linking Teacher Training to ELL Students' Performance
Spanish Academic Language Standards and Assessment (SALSA)
AERA Education Research Association Conference
ASSETS: Assessment Services Supporting ELs through Technology Systems