Supports for Educators
Please note office hours are intended to provide real-time technical assistance to educators, caregivers, parents, and students. Technical assistance is not legal advice. Specific questions concerning a student’s special education program or the laws relating to the provision of services in a child’s IEP (Individualized Educational Program) should be directed to ConsultLine at 800-879-2301
Date/Time: By appointment only. Please email English email@example.com to set up targeted technical assistance (flexible based upon need through multiple modes: Email, phone, Zoom, Twitter)
Translation and Interpretation Services:
Under IDEA and Civil Rights Act of 1964, translation and interpretation services must be provided to families in their preferred language and mode of communication. In Pennsylvania, the top five languages other than English are Spanish (60.8%), Mandarin Chinese (4.7%), Arabic (2.23%), Nepali (3.7%), and Vietnamese (2.4%). To support that endeavor, families and schools can consider the use of Microsoft Translator or Google Translate as additional supports. Knowing that those tools will not be providing perfect translation/interpretation, these tools should not be used for any IEP-related communications. A qualified interpreter and/or translator should be used in these legal matters.
Resources and Supports
- HUNE's Andy's Café is going Virtual! Every Wednesday at noon, starting April 1 thru June 17. Information sharing session: where to find Educational Resources and more in SPANISH! Register: tinyurl.com/andyscafe
- Institute of Education Sciences (IES) / FAQ on State and District Response to COVID-19 Outbreak This FAQ addresses how local educational agencies can support families' access to technology during school closures.
- Institute of Education Sciences (IES) / FAQ on Meeting the Needs of English Learners in an Online Environment: How Can Educators Provide High-Quality Instruction to English Learners in an Online Environment? This FAQ provides guidance on how to provide high-quality instruction to English learners despite access and language barriers.
- United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights / Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students
- Immigrant Connections / English Learner Family Engagement During Coronavirus
Offers resources that we can offer EL/immigrant parents to support them in working with their children at home. The following resources (video clips, articles, etc.) are for non-English speaking parents to help them think through how they might support their child’s learning at home over the coming weeks.
- WIDA Teaching Multilingual Learners Online WIDA reached out to internationaledcuators in the International School Consortium to identify some of the unique opportunities and challenges for multilingual learners in online environments. These educators who have been teaching online for more than a month, have framed their insights around the 2019 Guiding Principles of Language Development.
- New York State TESOL Online Teaching Resources List
Resources for teaching English learners in an online environment.
- SupportEd Padlet Practical Strategies & Resources to Teach K-12 ELs Online
- HUNE is a not for profit organization that provides free bilingual English and Spanish training, technical assistance and individual assistance to families of infants, toddlers, children, and youth with disabilities and to professionals who work with children.
HUNE COVID-19 Resources in English and Spanish
HUNE Family, Educators and Student Resources in English and Spanish
- WIDA Focus Bulletin (March 2017) Providing ELLs with Disabilities Access to Complex Language This WIDA Focus Bulletin outlines ways in which educators can provide English learners with disabilities access to complex language via classroom activities and engagement opportunities.
- Colorin Colorado Addressing ELLs' Language Learning and Special Education Needs: Questions and Considerations - This article serves as a broad introduction to some of the important issues to consider when determining whether a student's educational needs are being met. Rather than laying out a series of steps to follow, we offer suggestions and guiding questions to a holistic approach that look at each individual student's situation in lieu of quick decisions about testing or program assignments
- New York University Metro Center / Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Family Engagement in the Time of COVID-19 and Remote Learning, and Always
Culturally Responsive-Sustaining family engagement is absolutely critical for meaningful learning to take place. This document provides guidance for districts, schools, and educators who want to deepen family engagement and continue to foster learning during the pandemic, and for parent and community groups advocating for stronger and more community-connected practices in their schools.
- TNTP / Supporting Multilingual Learners (MLLs)/English Language Learners (ELLs) during the COVID-19 Shutdown
Supporting our MLLs/ELLs requires that we consider their unique challenges in accessing distance learning, both in the technological and comprehensible sense. The recommendations provided offer general guidance on what to consider as you determine how to best continue your students’ language and literacy development.
- Carol Salva / Supporting English Learners with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education Padlet
Resources to support students with limited or interrupted formal education defined as learners above the age of seven, have missed more than six consecutive months of formal schooling prior to enrolling in a U.S. school; may be English learners; are more than two years below grade level and have limited backgrounds in reading and writing in their native language(s).
- ALTELLA Briefs and Reports
The Alternate English Language Learning Assessment (ALTELLA) project builds on the lessons learned from the past decade of research on assessing English learners and students with significant cognitive disabilities, as separate groups. The project seeks to examine instructional practices and policies for English learners with significant cognitive disabilities to develop an evidence-centered design approach.
ALTELLA Brief No. 2 Considerations for Educators Serving English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
ALTELLA Brief No. 3 Nonverbal Communication in Diverse Classrooms: Intercultural Competence Considerations for Supporting English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
ALTELLA Brief No. 4 Individualized Education Programs for English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
ALTELLA Brief No. 5 A Framework for Understanding English Learners with Disabilities: Triple the Work
ALTELLA Brief No. 7 The Role of Language and Communication in the Education of English Learners with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
- University of Wisconsin–Madison, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Alternate English Language Learning Assessment Project (ALTELLA)
- BrainPop ESL - Free ELL videos and resources. Teachers at closed schools can request free access to the full content.
- ELT Buzz Teaching Resource Library - Curated resources for English Language Teaching
- CK-12 - Lessons with reading passages, videos, review questions, and sel-graded practice questions, middle and high school materials are available in Spanish. Resources for Remote Learning: Hand-picked lessons in math and science. This list will be updated in the months ahead.
- Khan Academy -Free videos, exercises, and assessments. Link includes guidance on teaching remotely.
- Newsela - News articles with adjustable Lexile levels, questions, and annotation feature, including articles in Spanish. Link includes a remote teaching toolkit. Access to the entire content library is free through the school year.
- Life Skills EL Civics for ESL Students:
Life skill lessons are perfect for EL Civics and ELD classes. Common words and useful subjects like banking, education, and emergencies are addressed (charts, photo essons, notices.
- Immigrant Stories (University of Minnesota) - Immigrant Stories is a collection of videos sharing personal and family immigration stories. Add your story to the collection by following posted instructions and video tutorials. View all of the stories here. Each short video includes information about the participant and a downloadable transcript. Click on tags to find additional videos from participants discussing the same country or region.
- Microsoft Translator: Microsoft Translator helps bridge communication gaps by supporting accessible classroom learning with live captioning, cross-language understanding, and even multilingual casual conversations to help with student integration. Download the app Select your platform to download directly from the app store. Android iOSWindows desktop
- Google Translate (Translate.google.com): Google's free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages
- Microsoft Immersive Reader - Immersive Reader is a free tool that uses proven techniques to improve reading for people regardless of their age or ability. Enable students with learning differences such as Dyslexia using text decoding solutions and help build confidence for emerging readers through features like Line Focus and Picture Dictionary.
- SERP / WordGen Weekly (Grades 6-8) EL Supports for Series 3 only
Uses a societal dilemma to frame short activities to promote academic language development, argumentation, perspective-taking, and discussion.
- Colorin Colorado / Content Resources: Social Studies
Vetted websites providing English learner Social Studies supports.
- Wisconsin Center for Education Research Doing and Talking Math and Science: Strengthening Reasoning, Strengthening Language project
Doing and Talking Math: A Teacher’s Guide to Meaning-making with English Learners
Doing and Talking Science: A Teacher’s Guide to Meaning-making With English Learners
- Four Weeks Tech Free - Four weeks Tech Free. Below you will find activities for K-8 students. They require only paper and pencil, and some items found around the house. Available in Spanish, in Portuguese, Somali, and Arabic
- Bookshare - Offers accessible books and periodicals for readers with print disabilities. Bookshare® is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities, thanks to an award from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare dramatically increases the accessibility of books. People with disabilities deserve the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy. Readers of all ages. Bookshare offers affordable membership, unlimited library privileges and a community of Members, Volunteers, parents, publishers and authors.
- Six Games for Reading (Bank Street College of Education) - Playing games is a great way to provide additional practice with early reading skills. Here are six games parents or tutors can use to help young readers practice word recognition, spelling patterns, and letter-sound knowledge.
- 10 Quick Classroom Games to Improve Literacy - 10 great ideas to improve literacy skills in the classroom. They are simple to play and can be applied to nearly all year and grade levels.