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 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.
Response to COVID-19 Pandemic - Resources for Educating ELs Online
The mass closing of schools across the county due to the COVID-19 "Coronavirus" has resulted in a significant move to online / virtual learning at the K-12 level. Educating ELs online is significant challenge that many educators are finding difficult to address. NAELPA is collecting Resources For Educating ELs Online and providing links to these resources on a separate webpage 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.
Government funding provided through the CARES Act and the CRRSA Act to address needs that have arisen because of the pandemic includes $13.5 billion for K-12 in ESSER funds and $54 billion in ESSER II funds. While specific uses of funds to supports ELs is not spelled out, these ESSER funds may be used to help support the education of ELs in many ways. For more information, read the brief NAELPA white paper on Using ESSER, ESSER II, and ESSER III Funds to Support EL Education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.