Principal / ILT Resources
ELA Handbook for Schools
- The ELA Handbook for Schools is an interactive guide to key processes and services for English Learners
- 2019-20 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
New this year, all new/open teacher positions are required to have an ELA Designation assigned through Infor HR. You can view a list of current employees and their position designations through the Teacher Designation/ISA Team Nominations Web Application . As a reminder, assigning an ELA designation to a teacher’s position will need to be done through Infor HR.
Please complete ELA Designation assignments as you:
- Request a position update (Manager)
- Create a new position
- Post a job opening (Teacher Leader, Teacher, or Long-Term Sub)
Visit Hiring Resources (for Managers) for helpful user guides or contact your HR Partner for more information. For questions concerning appropriate ELA teacher designations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is necessary that principals confirm designations for all teachers serving English Learners in their buildings. Non-designated teachers may not receive information regarding ELA training.
The Teacher Designation/ISA Team Nominations web application is for use by principals. Teachers with questions about their ELA designation or qualification status should contact their principal or HR Connect.
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.
Professional Learning for School Leaders
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 ELA PAC Toolkits are currently being revised to reflect the latest policies and procedures and will be available soon. In the interim, please contact Hope Flores for more information.
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
Integrated Content and Language Development (ICLD)
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.