ELPA21: Score Report Webinar

ELPA21 Webinar: Scoring and Reporting

ELPA21’s Professional Development (PD) Task Force is working with ELL experts and educators from ELPA21 states to develop materials and guidance that can be used in group trainings and accessed by individual teachers.  All PD Modules can be found at http://www.elpa21.org/standards-initiatives/professional-development.  This training from ELPA21 specifically addresses individual score reports and using these results to understand student performance. 

Score Report Webinar

Webinar Documents



The Nebraska Department of Education has purchased a statewide license to the TransACT Translation Library. TransACT offers a collection of more than 50 proprietary legal and policy documents fully supporting parent communication mandates. The library also contains over 60 documents that have been translated into 22 languages enabling effective communication with families of students who are non-English speaking.

Topics include NCLB, IDEA and Section 504 compliance plus attendance, parent communication, school lunch program, health, medical and immunization.

Outside Resources

English Language Learner KnowledgeBase

KnowledgeBase is housed at the Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center

The English Language Learner KnowledgeBase is an online resource supporting education professionals in the administration of programs for ELL students. It is organized around seven elements that assist administrators and program directors develop and maintain school and district wide programs. Developed and maintained by the Mid-Continent Comprehensive Center.

Subject areas
Element 1: Understand the Law
Element 2: Develop the Alternative Language Program
Element 3: Notify and Involve Parents
Element 4: Identify and Assess Students
Element 5: Implement Alternative Language Program
Element 6: Exit Students and Monitor Academic Progress
Element 7: Provide Professional Development


Center on Instruction. Gateway to a collection of scientifically based research and information of K-12 instruction in reading, math, science, special education and English language learning. The center is one of the give content centers serving as resources for 16 regional U.S. Department of Education Comprehensive Centers.

Colorin Colorado! Leading website for teachers and parents of English Language learners. Numerous articles, resources and ideas to support ELLs at school and home.

Cultural Orientation Resource Center
The Cultural Orientation Resource (COR) Center includes helpful resources to learn about refugee populations.  It includes information about their cultural backgrounds that may be helpful when schools and districts have new refugee groups in their community.  The website also has resources on welcoming refugees and resources to be used by refugees to explore their new communities.

IDRA:  Intercultural Development Research Association 
IDRA is an independent, non-profit organization that advocates the right of every child to a quality education. For almost 30 years, IDRA has worked for excellence and equity in education in Texas and across the United States. IDRA conducts research and development activities; creates, implements and administers innovative education programs; and provides teacher, administrator, and parent training and technical assistance.

McREL:  Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning McREL, located in Aurora, Colorado, is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to improve education through applied research and development. McREL provides products and services, primarily for K-12 educators, to promote the best instructional practices in the classroom. Established in 1966, McREL maintains a staff of some 100 employees.

NABE: National Association for Bilingual Education NABE promotes educational excellence and equity through bilingual education.

NCELA:  National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition
The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition and Language Instruction Educational Programs (formerly NCBE, the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition to collect, analyze, and disseminate information relating to the effective education of linguistically and culturally diverse learners in the U.S. The National Clearinghouse provides information through its website and topical publications , and produces a weekly electronic news bulletin, Newsline and a monthly electronic magazine, Outlook.

OCR:  Office for Civil Rights (U.S. Department of Education) 
The Office for Civil Rights enforces five Federal statutes that prohibit discrimination in education programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. The Department of Justice also has delegated OCR responsibility for enforcing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The civil rights laws enforced by OCR extend to all state education agencies, elementary and secondary school systems, colleges and universities, vocational schools, proprietary schools, state vocational rehabilitation agencies, libraries, and museums that receive U.S. Department of Education funds. Such programs or activities may include, but are not limited to: admissions, recruitment, financial aid, academic programs, student treatment and services, counseling and guidance, discipline, classroom assignment, grading, vocational education, recreation, physical education, athletics, housing, and employment.

Office of English Language Acquisition, Language Enhancement, and Academic Achievement for Limited English Proficient Students OELA provides national leadership in promoting high quality education for the nation’s population of English language learners (ELLs). Traditionally, this population has been known as limited English proficient students (LEPs). OELA’s mission is to include various elements of school reform in programs designed to assist the language minority agenda. These include an emphasis on high academic standards, school accountability, professional development, family literacy, early reading, and partnerships between parents and the communities. 

TESOL:  Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages 
The international education association, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, Inc. (TESOL), headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, has more than 14,000 members. Its mission is to develop the expertise of its members and others involved in teaching English to speakers of other languages to help them foster effective communication in diverse settings while respecting individuals’ language rights. To this end, TESOL articulates and advances standards for professional preparation, continuing education, and student programs; links groups worldwide to enhance communication among language specialists; produces high-quality programs, services, and products; and promotes advocacy to further the profession

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas
Website through Standard University Graduate School of Education aimed at understanding the role of language with new College and Career Standards.  This site include resources, webinars, papers, and MOOCs focused on instruction for English Language Learners and their linguistic needs.

What Works Clearinghouse WWC Collects, screens, and identifies studies of effectiveness for educational interventions (programs, products, practices and policies).

ELL Learning Modules

NDE is partnering with Nebraska educators and administrations to develop learning modules for schools and districts related to services for English Learners.  The first module is complete and can be accessed by clicking below.  You will need to sign up for a Moodle account in order to access the course.

Module 1:  Welcoming and Identifying English Learners

Module 1 includes 4 segments:  The Identification and Intake Process, Preparing Staff for ELL Arrivals, Creating a Climate of Welcome, and Helping Families Navigate the School System.  Each segment is between 5-10 minutes.  Please refer to Rule 15 and the Rule 15 Implementation Guide for further guidance on the Identification and Intake Process for English Learners. 

National Origin Calendar

Events for January 2018

Calendar Month Navigation


New Year Day


M4 2018 Conference


2018 VR RFP Transition Students


Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Special Education Advisory Council – SEAC

State Accreditation Committee Meeting


Assistive Technology Partnership Advisory Council


Upcoming ELL Professional Development Opportunities

MIDTESOL 2017 Annual Conference:  Crossroads to Cultures
Call for Proposals:  Due June 30, 2017
Date: September 29th – 30th
Place: Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Cost: $169.00 (member) or $200.00 (nonmember) by 9/8/17
Registration: http://midtesol.org/

OPS ESL Fall Conference
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2016 
Time: 8:30 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast 
          9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Conference 
Place: TAC – 3215 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 

Iowa Culture and Language Conference
Proposals: Due Monday, June 5th 2017
Date: November 7-8, 2017
Place: Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center Coralville, IA

Classroom Instruction that Works with ELLs

Introductory Video
Statewide ELL Professional Development Team
Related Documents

Introductory Video 3-minutes

YouTube - Classroom Instruction that Works with ELLs

Statewide ELL Professional Development Team

In 2008, teams representing school districts, Educational Service Units and universities/state colleges participated in the English Language Learner Leadership Institute.   The goal of the Institute was to integrate training in Balanced Leadership and Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners.  Some team members formed a Design Team and developed several documents; including a Nebraska ELL Program Guides for Administrators and Teachers and a companion Book Study Guide to go with Classroom Instruction that Works for English Language Learners.

In 2010, twenty three people became certified professional developers in Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners after working for several months with Jane Hill, the book’s author.  These trainers are available to provide staff development for school districts across the state on the Marzano strategies and how they can be utilized specifically for the ELL student population.

In 2013, the group of professional developers expanded with the goal of having representation from all Title III served Districts and Consortia.  The trainers continue to be supported by Jane Hill and the North Central Comprehensive Center as well as the Nebraska Department of Education.  In addition to trainings centering on the strategies from Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners, the team members may also provide trainings on other ELL-related topics such as developing Academic Language and the new Nebraska English Language Proficiency Standards. 

In 2013, the second edition of Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners was published by McREL International.  Again, Jane Hill worked with the professional develop team to train members on Marzano’s strategies with the updated edition.  As a result, a second Book Study Guide was developed as a companion guide to be used for professional development.  Below is a list of the NE Professional Developers and their bios along with the ELL Program Guides and Study Guides for both editions of Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners.

Related Documents

Professional Development Team members and bios
Nebraska Professional Developers (updated June 2017)
Nebraska Professional Developers Bios (updated June 2017)

Resource Guides
Nebraska ELL Program Guide: Administrators 2013 (updated May 2013)
Nebraska ELL Program Guide: Teachers 2013 (updated May 2013)
ELL Resource Guide: Top Ten Instructional Tips for Schools With a Low Incidence of ELLs (2012)

Book Study Guides
Classroom Instruction that Works with ELLS: A Study Guide: (2009)
Nebraska Study Guide for CITW ELLs

ELL Resources

Nebraska ELL Program Guide: Administrators 2017

Nebraska ELL Program Guide: Teachers 2017

U.S. Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition Resources

USDE Newcomer Toolkit (posted 7.11.2016)

USDE English Learner Toolkit (posted 12.6.2016)

English Learner Program Review Guidance

Program Review Sample Template (NE Rule 15) (posted 11.29.2016)

NDE Program Review Written Report Guidance/Samples (posted 11.29.2016)

USDE English Learner Toolkit Chapter 9:  Tools and Resources for Evaluating the Effectiveness of a District’s EL Program (posted 11.29.2016)

NDE Resource Guide:  Poverty and LEP Plans (posted 11.29.2016)

EL Students with Disabilities (Outside Resources)

USDE English Learner Toolkit Chapter 6:  Address English Learners with Disabilities (posted 11.29.2016)

Identifying and supporting English learner students with learning disabilities:  Key issues in the literature and state practice (posted 11.29.2016)

Continuous Improvement Process

Toolkit (outside link)

Toolkit: Equity and Diversity (outside link) 

Nebraska Framework: A Handbook for Continuous Improvement 2010 (outside link)

School and district improvement is a multi-faceted endeavor that will, most often, involve changing an organization as well as people’s practices and beliefs. There is not a simple answer and no quick fix. There are key or critical elements to address, content that has been researched, and processes that have been proven successful. These are incorporated into the Continuous Improvement Process and this toolkit. In addition, the toolkit offers a wealth of information and links to many resources.

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