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English Learner Resources



ESU 13 supports panhandle schools in their efforts to serve English learners and immigrant children.  EL programming addresses the dual purpose of English language development and content standard proficiency for students whose first language is other than English.  ESU 13 can provide assistance with identification, assessment, curriculum, instructional strategies, and reporting.  

Districts new to serving English learners are encouraged to join area districts already serving EL students in the ESU 13 Title III Consortium.  The consortium meets several times a year to focus on current research, state and federal policies, and local needs.  

*******Covid Resources

Teacher Resources

Federal Guidance document

********Help for districts who want to serve their new English learners well, but don’t know where to start!

This document provides an outline of basics to get started. It is no substitute for thorough study!

Nebraska's Department of Education English Learner Program webpage

NDE's Digital Modules on EL requirements and programming

NDE's Digital Modules on Leading for Equity


Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA21)

NSCAS Resources

NWEA MAP Nebraska Resources

*******English Learner Plans and Templates

Rule 15 and Guidance documents

District ESL Record for LEP Student Sample

ESL Monitoring Form Sample

Home Language Survey Sample

Individual Learning Plan Sample




Academic Words and Phrases found in English Language Standards

Academic Language Functions Toolkit

Specifically for Content Area Teachers

Graphic Organizer-Compare and Contrast

Levels of Language Acquisition and Expectations

Regulations and Guidelines

ELL Guidelines 2011 by NDE

Federal Guidance Dear Colleague Letter 2015

Federal Guidance from USDOJ and USDOE

Federal Guidance Overview

Federal Guidance Overview for Parents

NDE Rule 15 with Appendices

NDE Rule 15 Templates for Teachers

Program Review Template

Program Review Superintendent Letter Template

Quality Programs and Program Review

Title III Funding Guidelines


Participation in PD Consortium Correlated to Professional Capitol and Efficacy-Newberry ppt

Participation in PD Consortium Correlated to Professional Capitol and Efficacy-Newberry report

Standards, Curricula, and Alignment

Academic Words and Phrases found in English Language Standards

English Language Proficiency Standards

Regional Alignment Document-This document was created in November 2014. The curriculum materials aligned by our regional ESU cadre members include: Project Talk, ELLevate, Language for Learning, Direct Instruction Spoken English, and E.L. Achieve Systematic Language Development. Most curriculum materials are very comprehensive with multiple skills, so to make the alignment document feasible, the teams most frequently used superordinate categorical terms from the original source curriculum maps rather than each minute subskill and page number. Curricula does not address all standards, nor all subskills within a standard. The curriculum maps are available for review to see details.

El Achieve Alignment Documents from 2017

Title III Cadres

2018-2019 EL Title III Cadre Materials

2017-2018 ESL Title III Cadre Materials 

2016-2017 ESL Title III Cadre Materials


Moodle Modules created by NDE-Welcoming and Identifying English Learners

ESU #4 ESL Wiki-a ton of great resources are available here

Math Dictionary for Kids

Mathematics Vocabulary Word Wall Cards Virginia Department of Education

Nebraska Department of Education Title III

Propio Language Services Instruction Card

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


Word Pictures from Text Project



As you can see, our website has changed. Many of the materials that were posted on our original page were duplicated or were copyright protected. If you cannot find something, please contact us and we'll get you access.

Contact Lisa Myles (lmyles@esu13.org) or Michelle Keszler (mkeszler@esu13.org) if you have any ELL or Title III questions.