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Educational Service Unit 13

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English Learner Program, Services, and Support

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.

Contact Michelle Keszler (mkeszler@esu13.org) for more information.

15 Reseach-Based Instructional Practices

7 Steps to a Language-Rich Classroom

Academic Language

Classroom Instruction that Works with EL's Study Guide from McREL

Classroom "Look Fors" Focused on English Learners

Content Specific English Language Arts

Content Specific Math

Content Specific Science

Content Specific Social Studies

Do's and Don'ts

Common Mistakes

Graphic Organizers and Collaboration Techniques

Teaching Vocabulary

Language Objectives

Levels of Language Acquisition

NDE website including ELA and Math Alignment documents

Supporting English Learners in Content-Area Standards

Top Ten Instructional Tips for Schools With a Low Incidence of ELs


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

NDE website including ELA and Math Alignment documents

Fall 2020

Cadre Meeting-it is a requirement that in order to accept Title III funds, a district representative must attend at least one yearly meeting

Sheltered Instruction in Math

Are you ready to provide sheltered instructional strategies to engage your ELLs and ALL students in your math classroom? This language rich interactive workshop will be focused on mathematical processes that our students need to acquire and demonstrate mathematical understanding. Participants will be provided with hands-on and classroom ready activities that bridge concrete, pictorial, and abstract representations using research based mathematical mindset principles.

Click here to access the materials shared by Adrian Mendoza.

Mr. Mendoza's day 2 resources.


Teaching Science to English Learners

Helping English learners master science content by building academic language is more important than ever. Drawing from the highly popular strategies in Teaching Science to English Learners, Dr. Fleenor models and explains high-yield techniques to reach and empower students with academic science language.

Click here to acess the materials shared by  Stephen Fleenor.