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Resources from OBEWL and the ELL Leadership Council

The English Language Learner (ELL) Leadership Council is a group of approximately 50 English as a New Language Directors from around New York State (NYS) who meet regularly to discuss issues and best practices related to ELLs.  This council has met regularly for the past five years to provide a direct line of communication between Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) and ELL administrators from the districts with the highest enrollment of ELLs in NYS.  Within the ELL Leadership Council, five workgroups were created in response to COVID-19 school closures in the spring of 2020 to research and create resources to address the following issues:

  • Adapting ELL Scaffolds & Strategies to a Virtual Environment
  • Progress Monitoring, Feedback & Engagement Strategies
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Compliance Advisory Council
  • Strengthening ELL Instruction in Response to COVID-19 Closures

Below are some resources that have been developed from these workgroups thus far.  More will be added as they are completed.

From the Progress Monitoring, Feedback & Engagement Strategies workgroup:


From the Compliance workgroup:

Checklist for Developing or Selecting an English Language Proficiency (ELP) Progress Monitoring (Interim) Assessment

Instructional Units of Study Position Statement and Guidance For COVID-19 Fall School Re-Opening