Response to COVID-19 Pandemic: Resources for Educating English Learners Online
COVID-19 also known as the Coronavirus has shuttered schools across the nation and forced the education of students to move to an online or virtual medium. Many school systems are not prepared to move their entire educational curriculum to a virtual or online platform, especially when educating English learners (ELs) is added to the mix. A recent Education Week article about ELs and remote learning and another from USA Today outline some of the concerns and lack of preparedness with regards to our educational systems to handle educating ELs at a time like this. NAELPA, the National Association of English Learner Program Administrators, has as part of its mission, to provide resources to educators working with ELs. This webpage is a collection of resources that the NAELPA Executive Board and other members have collected. The list of resources below will be continually updated to provide links to additional resources as they become available.
Links to Available Resources
The following resources are provided for the benefit of educators of ELs. Some resources included in this list are provided by educational vendors and service providers. Inclusion of resources provided by education vendors and service provides in no way equates to an endorsement of these companies nor the products they provide.
Links to resources and information regarding educating ELs online
NAELPA White Paper - Using ESSER, ESSER II, and ESSER III Funds to Support ML Education
Information from State Education Agencies and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) regarding educating students online:
Illinois State Board of Education - Remote Learning Recommendations During COVID-19 Emergency (has section related to multilingual education starting on page 21)
Massachusetts - COVID-19 Information and Resources (includes links to EL identification and placement guidance, remote learning guidance, and more)
NAELPA is sharing important guidance from the U.S. Department of Education (USED) as a reminder that when guidance is provided for all students, multilingual learners are part of that group, and when specific guidance is provided for certain subgroups, like students with disabilities, multilingual learners who are also identified as students with disabilities are entitled to, and should receive, supports for both their linguistic and special education needs.
Resources from Consortia and National Associations:
Colorín Colorado - School Responses to COVID-19: ELL/Immigrant Considerations
Education Week Article: Free Online Resources for Remote Teaching (for all educators, not EL specific)
Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources (not EL specific)