Posted on 04/04/2016 at 07:30 AM by Liz Determan

Dear EL Colleagues,

A new set of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards have been adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education for grades K-12.  There are 6 Module trainings, which will be delivered in phases.  All Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) teachers (highly qualified, ESL endorsed) are required to participate in Modules 1-3 during the 2015-2016 school year and Modules 4-6 during the 2016-2017 school year. 

Beginning in 2016-2017, all licensed staff providing service to ELs (i.e. content teachers and other certified support staff) must complete the training. By 2017-18, in accordance with the new definitions in rule 281-60.2(280) in Chapter 60, all staff responsible for the LIEP service or supporting such services must be trained (e.g. paraprofessionals, instructional coaches).  It will be important for districts to take this into consideration when planning for future professional development within the district.

Below is information to help educators access the standards training modules.  Please note: Only Modules 1-3 are live this year.  Modules 4-6 will be released in the fall of 2016.

Also please see ideas on how to train licensed staff providing services to English Learners.

If you have questions, please contact Sherri Anderson at sanderson@nwaea.org

 

English Language Proficiency Standards 

A new set of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards have been adopted by the Iowa State Board of Education for grades K-12. These standards are categorized in K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12 grade bands. These new standards correspond to knowledge about language and the skills of using languages that are necessary for the English Learner’s (EL) success in the Iowa Core. Standards within the grade bands are differentiated by proficiency level. All Iowa districts serving ELs are required to implement the new ELP standards and complete the associated statewide training. 

Training will be delivered in phases with all Language Instruction Education Program (LIEP) teachers (highly qualified, ESL endorsed) required to participate in the ELP Standards Training during the 2015- 16 academic school year. The new English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards training modules can be found on the AEA PD Online Agora website. The training consists of six modules and is intended for all staff who work with ELs. The first three modules are provided during the 2015-16 school year, with the remaining 3 modules released in the 2016- 17 school year. The ELP Standards training may be accessed by following the instructions at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0O7yhv2XxQNMXZ6UU53U2FGc1E/view

 Beginning in 2016-2017, all licensed staff providing service to ELs (i.e. content teachers and other certified support staff) must complete the training. By 2017-18, in accordance with the new definitions in rule 281-60.2(280) in Chapter 60, all staff responsible for the LIEP service or supporting such services must be trained (e.g. paraprofessionals, instructional coaches). 

The new standards may be accessed at http://www.elpa21.org/standards-initiatives/elp-standards

 

English Language Proficiency Standards

Training Ideas for School Districts

Some ideas on how to implement the ELP Standards training for content area staff serving ELs

Option #1 (Large populations of ELs)
District/School-wide 2 half-day PD for Modules 1-3
District/School-wide 2 half-day PD for Modules 4-6

Option #2 (Large or Medium-Sized populations of ELs)
School/District-wide-Teachers watch Modules in small collaborative groups then spend, 20-30 minutes in large group reflecting/applying during PD time.

Option#3 (Large or Medium-Sized populations of ELs)
School/District-wide- Watch the first two modules this year in small groups, and do one module per quarter next year in small groups during collaborative work time. (ESL teachers that have had the training rotate and spend a little time discussing with each group)

Option #4 (Small Populations)
Select Staff Members Serving ELs- Small group training during collaborative work times for appropriate staff serving EL's in their classrooms.

Directions for Accessing Webinar Module "Understanding Title III Requirements"

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