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English Language Learner/Multilingual Learner Educator Tools and Best Practices

Blueprint for English Language Learner Success

The mission of the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (OBEWL) is to ensure that all New York State (NYS) students, including English Language Learners (ELLs), attain the highest level of academic success and language proficiency. We strive to ensure that all students’ individual educational paths and socio-emotional needs are met in multiple languages leading them to college and career readiness. NYSED believes that all teachers are teachers of ELLs.

In response to the changing global economy, NYSED has adopted the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) to provide students, educators, and parents with a set of clear expectations leading to college and career readiness. Over the last decade, there has been an increase in the number of ELLs enrolled in NYS public schools, resulting in a current population of 213,178 students who speak over 200 languages. In order for these students to succeed, NYSED needs to provide schools with the appropriate scaffolds, home language assessments, and materials so that teachers can provide instruction that will enable students to meet rigorous standards. Under the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Part 154, the OBEWL affirms that it is not permissible to assume that unsupported immersion of ELLs into an English-speaking environment will enable them to succeed academically.

The NYSED P-12 CCLS require that every teacher be prepared to teach academic language and challenging content to all students, including ELLs. All teachers must be skilled in how to support ELLs as they acquire content knowledge while also progressing towards English proficiency. It is imperative that all educators work across the content areas to ensure that all students meet the high demands of the CCLS.

The Blueprint principles were carefully developed as a statewide framework aimed to clarify expectations for administrators, policymakers, and practitioners to prepare ELLs for success, beginning in Prekindergarten, to lay the foundation for college and career readiness. These principles are intended to provide guidance, resources, and support to districts, schools, and teachers, as well as to promote a better understanding and appreciation of Bilingual Education, English as a New Language (ENL), and World Language Studies.


New resources will be made available to support districts and schools in the education of English Language Learners (ELLs)/Multilingual Learners (MLLs).  In collaboration with ELL specialists at the Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR), the new resources build upon the 2014 Scaffolding Instruction for English Language Learners Resource Guide for English Language Arts that are currently available.

Best Practices

Effective Literacy and English Language Instruction for ELLs in Elementary Grades

ELA for ELLs: A Six Part Video Series (Developed in partnership with Stanford University's Understanding Language institute)

Helping English Language Learners Rise to the Challenge of Complex Texts

Student Learning Objective Road Map for ENL and Bilingual Teachers

Understanding Language: Language, Literacy, and Learning in the Content Areas (Stanford)

USDE Office of English Language Acquisition

Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL)

Common Core Learning Standards

Application of Common Core State Standards for ELLs

Bilingual Common Core Progressions

EngageNY Home Page

New York State Bilingual Common Core Initiative

Positioning ELLs/Bilingual Learners at the Core of the Core

Stanford Online:Constructive Classroom Conversations: Mastering Language for the Common Core State Standards


Co-teaching for ELLs--A list of resources posted by the Language RBERN at NYU

Honigsfield & Dove: Seven Co-teaching Models

General Resources

Classroom Resources List (published by Long Island Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network)

Colorin Colorado

National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition

NYU Language RBERN links


My Brother's Keeper initiative

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

The Regents, Blue Ribbon Committee, representative stakeholders, elected officials, parents, and students from around the state affirmed the need to change life circumstances and conditions of boys and young men of color. More

New Resources

The following briefs were prepared for the Office of Bilingual Education and World languages by WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency that works with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve learning for children, youth, and adults.

​Topic Brief 1: Quality Education for English Language Learners/ Multilingual Learners: Why We Need it and How We Can Achieve It.

Topic Brief 2: Quality Student Interactions: Why Are They Crucial to Language Learning and How Can We Support Them?

Topic Brief 3: De-Mystifying Complex Texts: What Are “Complex” Texts and How Can We Ensure ELLs/MLLs Can Access Them?

Topic Brief 4: The Zone of Proximal Development: An Affirmative Perspective in Teaching ELLs/MLLs.