Principal / ILT Resources
ELA Handbook for Schools
- The ELA Handbook for Schools is an interactive guide to key processes and services for English Learners
- 2018-19 ISA Team Handbook
- ISA Team nomination instructions
- Guidance for PPF3 conversations with parents
- PPF3 guidance for school offices
- FAQs: Life Cycle of an EL
- ELL List Report
ELA Teacher Designations
It is absolutely necessary that principals confirm designations for all teachers serving English language learners in their buildings. Not doing so negatively affects schools’ placement percentages reported to the Department of Justice of the United States. In addition, nondesignated teachers will not receive information regarding ELA training and, in turn, might fail to register in a timely manner.
The ISA Nomination/Teacher designation web application is for use by principals. Teachers with questions about their ELA designation or qualification status should contact their principal or HR Connect.
Log on to the Teacher Designation/ISA Team Nomination web app to review or revise your school’s ELA designations and ISA Team nominations.
ELA Teacher Qualification Requirements
ELA teachers are required to complete four courses of study within the first two years of being designated as ELA teachers. Courses are comprised of information about the history of bilingual education, English language development, sheltered instruction, and language and literacy acquisition.
- The specific requirements of ELA qualification can be found in the ELA Teacher Qualification Course Guides, available on the Teacher Qualification training program page.
ELA-S teachers are required to pass the SLP exam, as well as complete all ELA qualification requirements by November 1 of the stipend year to receive the ELA-S stipend. The ELA-S stipend is paid in July of the completed school year.
Professional Learning for School Leaders
- ELA Professional Learning menu
- Training presentation “ELA: The First 30 Days”
- Glossary of terms
- User Guide: Accessing the ELL List
- EL Achieve ELD Administrator Orientation Day (May 10 or June 14)
Parent Advisory Committees (PACs)
Each DPS school is required to maintain a PAC comprised of families of students receiving ELA program services to:
- Increase communication between ELA parents, the school and DPS
- Review implementation of the ELA program with parents
- Listen to parent concerns and address issues
- Generate topics of interest for DAC meetings
- Maintain, post and translate agendas, invitations and sign–in sheets
- Provide essential information to parents in languages and modes they understand
We have developed toolkits to support PACs:
The Office of Multicultural Outreach translates school essential documents into the top languages spoken in DPS. The Multilingual Document Repository has copies of essential documents which have already been translated. To request translation services, visit the Translation Request website.
Language Allocation Guidelines
TNLI schools should use this guide to help determine the correct amounts of English and Spanish instruction in ELA-S classrooms. It contains research-based guidelines for instruction at different grades and student English language proficiency levels, as well as supplemental guidance for implementation, instruction and communicating with families.
- Download the Language Allocation Guidelines for ECE-5
- Download the Language Allocation Guidelines for grades 6-12
Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas is Stanford University’s website that aims to heighten educator awareness of the critical role that language plays in the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards.
Colorado Department of Education's resources for Learners who are Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Suspected of Having Educational Disabilities
U.S. Department of Education's English Learner Toolkit
VIDEOS AND SCREENCASTS
Balancing ELA-S and ELA-E classrooms can be difficult. Watch this short screencast for updated guidance on creating ELA-S and ELA-E classrooms, how to ensure all PPF1 students receive Spanish instruction, and what to do when an ELA-S/E classroom cannot be avoided. This screencast is geared towards school leaders in TNLI program schools.
This short screencast covers the highlights of the Benchmark ELD training and what to expect when observing Benchmark ELD. This screencast is geared towards school and teacher leaders who observe ELD and includes resources for supporting teachers for ELD instruction.