National Association of English Learner Program Administrators
  • The NAELPA serves as the voice for ELs, representing SEAs and LEAs across the United States.

    We are small enough to hear individual voices, yet powerful enough to be heard as a whole.
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  • Membership in NAELPA is open to both State and Local educators working in EL programs

    We are small enough to hear individual voices, yet powerful enough to be heard as a whole.
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  • Join us at our National Conference

    The National Association of English Learner Program Administrators hosts a conference annually to bring together educators working with English Learners (ELs), especially those that administer EL programs, to provide opportunities for professional learning and networking.
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  • Network with others working in EL Programs

    Engage with others working in EL programs through webinars, committee involvement and our National Conference.

The National Council of State Title III Directors (NCSTIIID) has changed its name to better reflect who the organization is and who its members are. The new name, the National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA), has the focus of providing networking and professional learning opportunities for EL program administrators and others working in EL programs at the state and local (district) level.

Upcoming and Recent Events & Information!

NAELPA 2022 Annual Conference is Hybrid - Virtual and In-Person

NAELPA 2022 Annual National Conference

NAELPA is in the process of planning the 2022 NAELPA Annual Conference. Registration is now open for our Hybrid Conference, which includes weekly virtual pre-conference sessions leading up to the day of the conference on February 7, 2022. For move information, visit the National Conference page.

2021-2022 Quarterly Webinars - Four Part Series for Leaders
​Continuous Improvement of EL Programs

This Quarterly Webinar Series is presented by the EL Collaborative of the CCSSO, USED's OELA office, and NAELPA. About every three months, starting in September, there will be 3 webinars spaced 1 week apart. The 1st, a content webinar focusing on one of the 3 prongs of Castañeda, the 2nd a networking session, and the 3rd a Panel discussion.

The next series quarterly webinars starts December 1, 2021.

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Membership Update
​Current Memberships Extended Six Months

NAELPA has updated its By-Laws and changed the membership year to align with the calendar year. The current membership year now extends from January 1st until December 31st each calendar year. The NAELPA Executive Board Year hasn't changed. Nominations and elections for new board members will still take place in May and June each year, with the board year starting on July 1st. 

 Not a Member - If you are interested in membership, go to the Membership page and click on the "Become a NAELPA Member or Renew Your Membership" orange button.  At this time, new memberships will be credited for the 2022 membership year and will include the membership for the remainder of 2021. Existing members will need to renew their membership for the 2022 membership year either via the membership registration or registration for the 2022 NAELPA Annual Conference.

Current Members - No need to renew your membership now. You will be notified in the Fall of 2021 to renew your membership before January 1, 2022.

NAELPA Statement on Support for Assets-Based Terminology

It is important to NAELPA to use asset-based terminology when referring to our work and the population of students we serve. We acknowledge that the current name of this organization, The National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA), uses English Learner (EL), which is considered deficit based. With current federal legislation using English Learners (ELs) to identify this population the NAELPA board will continue with this usage for clarity purposes in the short term. However, NAELPA will take an active role in advocating for the wider use of assets-based nomenclature and helping to make it more standardized in our field and beyond.

For a more detailed description, check out the full NAELPA Asset-Based Terminology statement.

Check Out the NAELPA Resources Page

NAELPA is committed to providing resources that are helpful to educators of multilingual learners. NAELPA has created a Resources For Educating ELs Online which provides links to resources on a separate page under the Resources page of this website. The NAELPA Executive Board and membership are committed to doing all we can to assist in the education of ELs during this unprecedented time in the history of education in our country. With that in mind, we have also written a short white paper to help educators understand the Coronavirus relief funding for education, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds. With nearly $200 billion in funding, this white paper is helpful for educators to know how these funds can be used to support the education of ELs. For more information, read the white paper on Using ESSER, ESSER II, and ESSER III Funds to Support EL Education

NAELPA Committees

Advocating for ELs

The NAELPA assists and supports State Education Agencies (SEAs) and Local Education Agencies (LEAs) by providing educational activities and information that help SEAs and LEAs guide ELs to success.

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The NAELPA organizes and hosts, and develops meetings, webinars, email communications, and other messages to disseminate information important to EL program administrators. Read about it in our Newsletter.

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Professional Learning

The NAELPA provides training and up-to-date information for SEAs and LEAs through webinars and national conference presentations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of EL educators.

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Standards and Assessment

The NAELPA reviews updates, research and new information on standards and assessment through this committee.  The committee also updates members on the English Language Proficiency Assessment peer review process and outcomes.

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Membership in the NAELPA is key to maintaining a healthy organization. The membership committee is organized to assist the membership coordinator, communicate to members, and encourage others to join.

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Up-to-date information about NAELPA can be found in our quarterly newsletter

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