Dr. Margo Gottlieb is the lead developer for WIDA at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Starting her career as an elementary school teacher and bilingual coordinator, she served as a longstanding director of assessment and evaluation before co-founding WIDA. Dr. Gottlieb has been a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Santiago, Chile, and was honored by TESOL International Association as one of 50 persons who has made a significant contribution to the TESOL profession in the last 50 years.
Having keynoted, presented, and consulted in over 21 countries and almost every state in the U.S., Dr. Gottlieb has enjoyed meeting thousands of educators. Over the years, her scholarship has focused on designing language development standards frameworks, co-constructing linguistically and culturally sustainable curricula, and creating classroom assessment systems. Working in K-12 settings has sparked her interest in evaluating language education policy and promoting student and teacher agency.
Dr. Gottlieb has authored, co-authored, or co-edited over 30 books on academic language and classroom assessment. During the global pandemic, Dr. Gottlieb participated in podcasts and webinars, joined the blogging community, and even learned how to tweet. She has also been busy writing! Besides her recent white paper for the Center for Applied Linguistics and co-authoring Beyond Crises (with Zacarian and Calderón, 2021), Dr. Gottlieb’s most recent books include Assessment in Multiple Languages: A Handbook for School and District Leaders and its companion, Classroom Assessment in Multiple Languages: A Handbook for Teachers (Corwin, 2022, 2021). She is currently working on the 3rd edition of her assessment best-seller.