Advocacy Resources

Brockport's Casey Rampe has put together a good list of resources that she was willing to share with the consortium. She has organized the information into the following topics:

General Info for Instructors of ELLs

Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network, RBE-RN

of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies FAQ (includes
Testing Accommodations for

on ELLs in NYS

School’s Responsibility to Provide Interpretation

Article from Language Magazine written by Luis F. Suarez.
This article provides a GREAT summary of legal developments that have established precedents for current federal requirements to provide translation and interpretation services to students, parents, teachers and staff at public schools. The article also presents examples of specific tasks that translators and interpreters typically provide in order to facilitate communications between parents and school staff.

National Archives and Records Administration
Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI, Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons

Guide to Parent Involvement Under Title I, Part A of No Child Left Behind

Education and Title VI

Executive Order 13166

1970 Memorandum Regarding Language Minority Children

Interpretation Resources

Interpretation Guidelines by Betty Garcia Mathewson (Diversity Project). Can download individual chapters or the entire guide.

Order the Authentic Voices DVD

Placement in ESL program (Flow chart and Home Language QuestionaireHLQ)

Flow chart for placement in ESL program (current)

Flow chart for placement in ESL program (proposed)

Home Language Questionnaire (current)

Home Language Questionnaire (current - in other languages)

Home Language Questionnaire (proposed)

Required units of study (ESL minutes)

Responsibilities of the School under CR Part 154

Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies FAQ (includes Testing Accommodations)

Sections of CR Part 154

Schools are required to provide in-service training to staff working with ELLs:

Former ELLs who have tested out of ESL need transition services for one year:

School must provide orientation to parents of new ELLs:

School must inform parents of ESL program and meet with parents of ELLs at least twice a year:

School should send info to parents in the language they understand:
CR Part 154.3.b (no direct link)

School may need to provide support services in native language; home visits, counseling, etc. may be appropriate:
Part 154.3.h (no direct link)

Memo clarifying policy on ELLs with disabilities:

Required units of study (ESL minutes)

Testing of ELLs

Office of Bilingual Education and Foreign Language Studies FAQ (includes Testing Accommodations for ELLs on Regents and 3-8 grade state assessments)


Students who have been in the US for more than 1 year must take the ELA State Assessment

Instructional resources for ELL teachers

Help! They Don’t Speak English Kit from ESCORT: a resource guide to teachers of migrant ELLs. Can download and print individual chapters or the entire HelpKit.
Young Adults:

Understanding and meeting the needs of migrant ELLs: A Resource Guide. Can download and print individual chapters or the entire guide.

Content area instruction should be supported by ESL methodology (it may be necessary to MODIFY student work):
“The content area instructional component of ESL shall provide grade-and age-level appropriate instruction in the required content area subjects in English supported by English as a second language methodologies, employed in a systematic and structured way, and shall be designed to develop cognitive skills of LEP/ELLs.”

Application of Common Core Standards for ELLs

Directory of Spanish Instructional Materials and Resources

Promising Practices for Secondary ELLs

Art as a tool for teachers of ELLs

List of Spanish language school books publishing houses:

Suggested Spanish literature

Technology and ELLs

Literacy/ELA instruction for Elementary ELLs

Teaching Language Arts to ELLs (A Resource Guide for All Teachers)

Teaching Language Arts to ELLs (Learning Standards for ESL)

Implementing RTI with ELLs


SIFES (Students with interrupted formal education)

Response to Intervention