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Multilingual Learner (ML) and English Language Learner (ELL) Program Quality Review and Reflective Protocol Toolkit

Tools and processes that strengthen the school quality review process for Multilingual Learner and English Language Learner programs and services.

Toolkit Documents for Download

Introduction, Overview, and Steps in the Process

Multilingual Learners (ML) and English Learner (ELL) Program Quality Review Continuum

Appendix A: ML and ELL Shadowing Protocol

Appendix B: ML and ELL Classroom Observation Tool

Appendix C: Focus Group or Interview Protocols

Appendix D: Quality Programs and Instruction Document Review Tool


New York State’s goal for MLs and ELLs drives the program quality review process and corresponding resources:

Our goal is to prepare all Multilingual Learners and English Language Learners (ML and ELLs) for success beginning in prekindergarten to lay the foundation for college and career readiness.

Overview of the Process

Overview of the ML and ELL Program Quality Review and Reflective Protocol Toolkit in alignment with the Blueprint for ML and ELL Success and Subpart 154-2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education (CR Part 154-2).

This toolkit is designed to provide teams of leaders in districts, Regional Bilingual Education Resource Networks (RBERNs) and school sites who are charged with assessing the program quality of a school suggested processes and resources as well as an ML and ELL Program Quality Review Continuum for determining a school’s current level of implementation of school-wide practices that support MLs and ELLs towards graduation, college, career, and civic readiness. The continuum is in alignment with New York State’s principles, policies and regulations as defined in the following three documents:

To prepare all MLs and ELLs for success beginning in prekindergarten and lay the foundation for college, career and civic readiness all instruction is anchored in the standards:

The ML and ELL Program Quality Review Continuum employ the 6 Tenets from the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) to organize what schools need to implement to offer a Quality ML and ELL Program:

Tenet 1—Systems and Organizations: Effective schools establish schoolwide systems and structures that promote continuous improvement and success for all students.
Tenet 2—School Leadership: Visionary leaders create a school community and culture that leads to success, well-being, and high academic outcomes for all students.
Tenet 3—Curriculum: Effective schools provide students with rigorous, coherent, and relevant curricula that prepares students for success.
Tenet 4—Instruction: Effective teachers engage with students in a manner that promotes mastery and allows students to stretch their knowledge and deepen their understanding.
Tenet 5—Social-Emotional Learning: Effective schools develop a systematic approach to social-emotional learning to ensure that all students can develop social-emotional learning skills necessary for success within and beyond school.
Tenet 6—Parent and Community Engagement: Effective schools develop a systematic approach to Parent and Community Engagement to empower parents to effectively advocate for their child’s learning and for the improvement of the school.

Updated 3/7/2023