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Welcome to the Kansas English Learners Website!

Mission Statement:
Kansas instruction of English for speakers of other languages prepares English Learners for success in school and in society through development of English proficiency, with specific emphasis on literacy skills needed to access academic content.


Welcome in many languages!

Welcome in many languages!

Welcome in many languages!

Flags to represent all of the cultures!

Let's see... where are you from?

A map to show where their current student population is from!

On the playground... EVERYONE is included!

On the playground... EVERYONE is included!

Resources available in so many languages in Lawrence!

Resources available in so many languages in Lawrence!

What is an English Learner (EL)?

An EL, or English Learner, is a student who:

-is aged 3 through 21, whose home or native language is other than English, and whose current limitations in the ability to understand, speak, read or write English impact their effective participation in their school education programs. ELs may be immigrants or refugees born in another country or they may be born in the United States living in homes where another language besides (or in addition to) English is spoken.

Does the U.S. Department of Education offer resources for districts serving ELs?

Yes, the U.S. Department of Education offers both an English Learner Tool Kit and a Newcomer Tool Kit that provides guidance and example resources designed to help districts both better understand their obligations to their EL students and ensure that they are using best practices in meeting their needs.

Additionally, they offer an English Learners Data Story website that provides information on the specific characteristics of English learners in the U.S. public school system.

Stay Connected!

English Learners
Program Consultant

Nicole Primm
(785) 296-5060

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Nicole Primm

Deputy Commissioner
Division of Learning Services
Brad Neuenswander
(785) 296-2303

Career, Standards and Assessment

Scott Smith
(785) 296-3142

Assistant Director
Career and Technical Education

Stacy Smith
(785) 296-0979

Assistant Director

David Fernkopf
(785) 296-8447

Assistant Director
Beth Fultz
(785) 296-2325

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