On September 11, 2018, the Kansas English Language Profiency Standards (KELP) for English Learners were adopted by the Kansas Board of Education. Beyond understanding common English usage, ELs need to understand the language used for grade-level instruction in English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies and other content areas. The standards highlight and amplify the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills for using language that are necessary for ELs to be successful in school.
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.
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.
NAEYC -Dual Language Learners
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
For family engagement:
Family Toolkit - The toolkit provides information, tips, and resources that EL families may need as they prepare to enroll their children in public schools across the United States. The chapters are designed to assist families with navigating the U.S. school system by providing helpful questions they might ask teachers and school staff.
ESOL Education Resources
Title III State ESOL
Program Manager - Humanities
Nathan (Nate) McAlister
Program Manager - Humanities
Division of Learning Services
Dr. Ben Proctor
Career, Standards and Assessment
Career and Technical Education
Dr. David Fernkopf
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