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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Network with others working in EL Programs

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

The National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA) has the focus of providing networking and professional learning opportunities for Multilingual Learner (ML) program administrators and others working in ML programs at the state and local (district) level.

Upcoming and Recent Events & Information!

2024 NAELPA Conference Registration Now Open!

Webinar Registration Available - 2024 Quarter 1 (Q1)

NAELPA Position Statement Regarding Dual Language Learners

The National Association of English Learner Program Administrators (NAELPA) has written this position statement to identify needs for Dual Language Learners (DLLs) and highlight areas for growth in the services and supports provided for this growing group of children. The term DLL includes young children from homes where a language other than English is spoken. While DLL can include children ages 0 to 8, the NAELPA position statement focuses on DLLs enrolled in public pre-Kindergarten programs. For more information and to access the position statement, please visit the Committees Webpage.

Check Out the NAELPA Networking Coffee Chats

The NAELPA Membership Committee has launched a networking opportunity for NAELPA members called Networking Coffee Chats. NAELPA members can access these monthly NAELPA Networking Coffee Chats through their NAELPA Connect Space membership accounts. Coffee Chats are currently paused for the Summer but will resume in the fall. Stay tuned.

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. The term NAELPA prefers is Multilingual Learner (ML), which the organization views as a more asset-based term. 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 MLs 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 MLs 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 MLs. For more information, read the white paper on Using ESSER, ESSER II, and ESSER III Funds to Support ML Education

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50th Anniversary of Lau v. Nichols
Guest - Mr. Edward Steinman

You do not want to miss this! The ASSETS Podcast is releasing its first-ever TWO-PART series in January and February to reflect on the 50th anniversary of Lau v. Nichols, a landmark legal case affecting English learners and educators. On January 21, 1974, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the San Francisco Unified School District must provide non-English-speaking students with English language instruction to ensure they receive an equal education.

This ruling helped pave the way for the passing of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974 in Congress, which required that school districts take action to remove barriers to the equal participation of all students, increased funding to the Bilingual Education Act, and effectively made additional English language development instruction mandatory in public schools across the U.S.

To commemorate and reflect on this anniversary, Dr. Lawrence sat down to interview Mr. Edward Steinman, the attorney who successfully argued the Lau v. Nichols case. Mr. Steinman remains active as a civil rights attorney and also serves as a professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law. He has argued numerous times before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Subscribe to and catch up on previous episodes of the ASSETS Podcast now, then listen to conversation with Professor Steinman when it is released on January 21, 2024.

NAELPA Committees

Advancing Multilingual Policy and Practice

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 MLs to success.


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

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 ML educators.

LEA Committee

The NAELPA is an organization that focuses on the needs of all educators and program administrators with with MLs. The LEA committee keeps issues important to LEAs in the forefront of NAELPA activities.


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.

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

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