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

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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.

Membership Update
​Current Memberships Extended Six Months

NAELPA is in the process of updating its By-Laws in order to change the membership year to align with the calendar year. The current membership year extends from July 1st until June 30th the next year. The NAELPA Executive Board members also follow this timeframe with Executive Board members' three year terms beginning on July 1st and ending on June 30th three years later. While the Executive Board's timeframe won't change, the membership year will be moved to align with the calendar year. Current memberships will now expire on December 31, 2021. 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.

The NAELPA Executive Board is planning this change so that educators who become NAELPA members in order to participate in our annual national conference, which is almost always within the first three months of the year, can enjoy their membership for a longer period of time before needing to renew membership for the next year.

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 Quarterly Webinars - Registration Now Available

For the 2021-2022 School Year, the NAELPA Quarterly Webinars will have a different format. NAELPA is collaborating with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) to host Three-Part webinars, one each quarter, that will cover in depth the requirements for programs for Multilingual Learners (MLs) as outlined in Castañeda's three prongs, which are: 1) ML programs must be based on sound educational theory; 2) ML programs must be implemented effectively with adequate resources and personnel; and 3) ML programs must be evaluated as effective in eliminating language barriers.

The first of the three-part webinars will include a presentation of the requirements related to each prong. The second webinar will be scheduled within a week of the first 'content' webinar and will be designed so that participants can discuss various aspects of the can discuss topics related to the content discussed in several breakout rooms. The third webinar in each quarterly three-part webinar will be a panel discussion of how the Castaeda prong discussed is being implemented in school districts. NAELPA, CCSSO, and OELA are working to set dates for these three-part webinars. The first three-part webinar will be scheduled toward the end of September 2021. Stay tuned for more information.

All 12 webinars are being scheduled through NAELPA Online Meeting Software called Sched. You only need to register once in order to be able to access all the quarterly webinars for this series. After you have registered you will receive information about how to access the webinars via Sched.

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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