National Association of English Learner Program Administrators

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

Information from State Education Agencies and the U.S. Department of Education (USED) regarding educating students online:

MIT - Guidance for State Leaders and Educators - COVID-19

Colorado - Remote Learning Resources

Connecticut - List of resources compiled by CT Regional Education Service Centers

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)

North Carolina - Resources for ELs during remote learning

EDNC article with resources listed

Virginia - Resources for Teaching ELs Online


USED - OELA - Webinar recording - Engaging English Learner Communities and Families Through Distance Learning

USED - COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

USED - OCR: Fact Sheet: Addressing the Needs of COVID-19  in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students (Special Education Focus)

USED - OCR and OSERS: Supplemental Fact Sheet: Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary, and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities

USED - Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak

USED - Student Privacy Office: FERPA and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) FAQ March 2020

USED - Student Privacy Office webinar: FERPA and Virtual Learning During COVID-19



Resources from Consortia and National Associations:

ELPA21 - Resources for Remote Instruction of English Learners

International TESOL - Coronavirus Resources for Teachers

National Association for Bilingual Education - Letter - Supporting our Multilingual and Immigrant Students Amid COVID-19

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - Online Teaching Resources You Can Use

WIDA Consortium - Teaching Multilingual Learners Online

WIDA - COVID-19 Updates

WIDA - Remote English Proficiency Screener Flyer


Other Resources:

Center for Disease Control (CDC) - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

Colorín Colorado - School Responses to COVID-19: ELL/Immigrant Considerations

Confianza's articles, tips, practices and research for educating ELs

Confianza - video - How to support ELs during the Coronavirus pandemic

Education Week Article: Ten Strategies for Teaching English-Language Learners Online

Education Week Article: Free Online Resources for Remote Teaching (for all educators, not EL specific)

ELLevation Education - ELLevation Distance Learning

ELLevation Education - Highest Aspirations - Online Learning for English Learners with Dr. Gretchen Oliver and Dr. Karen Gregory

ELLevation Education - Whiteboard Wednesday - help for EL educators through long-term school closures

IES - REL - COVID-19 Resources Memo: How can districts promote a safe and secure digital learning environment?

IES - REL - Resources for Schools and Districts Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Immigrant Connections - English Learner Family Engagement During Coronavirus

Informed Immigrant: Resources for Immigrants During the Coronavirus Crisis

Mango Languages: Classroom Program Free through the end of this school year for online or distance learning

Respond: Crisis Translators Network - 1 page letter about preventing the spread of COVID-19 - provided in 27 languages

SupportEd Webinar - Practical Strategies and Resources to Teach K-12 ELs 

Smithsonian Distance Learning Resources (not EL specific)

Free Kids Book - Why We Stay Home - Suzie Learns About Coronavirus