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Last Updated: 3/22/2022 1:53 PM

ABCs of Family Engagement
WIDA's key considerations for building relationships with families and strengthening family engagement practices

Achievement Level Descriptors (ALDs)
describe the skills and processes that students demonstrate in language development at each tested grade level


Building Successful Communication Between Parent or Guardian and Teacher 

TalkingPoints to Support Exceptional Learners and Families

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Federal Guidance

Dear Colleague Letter the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice produced guidance outlining legal obligations for English learners.

English Learner Tool Kit a 10-chapter companion guide to support the above letter, the English Learner Toolkit helps state and local education agencies fulfill their legal obligations to English learners.

Information for Limited English Proficient Parents and Guardians and for Schools and School Districts that Communicate with Them this fact sheet answers common questions about the rights of parents and guardians who do not speak, listen, read or write English proficiently because it is not their primary language.

Newcomer Toolkit this resource helps U.S. educators; elementary and secondary teachers, principals and other school staff who work directly with immigrant students—including asylees and refugees—and their families.

Individual English Learner Plans (IELPs)

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Instructional Resources

Colorín Colorado a bilingual site for educators and families of English language learners

Headsprout a research-based, supplemental early reading program that includes ELs

Words without Borders expands cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature

Ohio English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

K-12 ELP Standards

Using ELP Standards - Instructional Guidelines and Resources

Teaching Techniques and Strategies

12 Ways to Support ESL Students in the Mainstream Classroom

Authentic Speaking and Listening Strategies

Share 8 Great Reading Tips with Families (in 16 languages)

What's in a Name?

Translated Documents

Future Class Documents a collection of the most essential school, district, and state documents

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL and Diverse Learners

UDL with EL Focus