SLIFE Resources

SLIFE Resources: WIDA FOCUS Brief: building background SLIFE Native Language Screener Assessments Math Literacy Lesson Planning with SLIFE students in mind Planning Checklist Webcast: Bridging Where They Are and What They Need   Video: Understanding Trauma: Learning Brain vs Survival Brain  

Academic Language Functions Toolkit

The Academic Language Function Toolkit was developed by the Sweetwater Union High School District. It is a tool to support educators in facilitating academic language development within content areas. It outlines examples, strategies, graphic organizers, cue words, and language frames for various language functions.

US DOE Newcomer Toolkit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit provides (1) discussion of topics relevant to understanding, supporting, and engaging newcomer students and their families; (2) tools, strategies, and examples of classroom and schoolwide practices in action, along with chapter-specific professional learning activities for use in staff meetings or professional learning communities; and (3) selected resources for…

US DOE ELL Toolkit

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]From the Office of English Langue Acquisition (OELA) the EL Tool Kit was published as a companion to support the 2015 Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) produced by the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and the Department of Justice, outlining legal obligations for ELs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Dear Colleague Letter (2015)

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In January 2015 the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued the Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) to remind state education agencies (SEAs), public school districts, and public schools of their legal obligation to ensure that EL students can participate meaningfully and equally in educational programs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Adequate Growth For Exiting

This tool can assist districts in determining if their ELs are making adequate growth towards exiting.  For more information on how to use, please contact your South Dakota Statewide Title III Consortium staff member. Revised spreadsheet User Guide click here Tutorial Video on how to download and save the UPDATED (12-21) spreadsheet Link for…

Go-To Strategies

This resource outlines 78 Go-To instructional strategies that are aligned with the levels of English language proficiency. A great resource to help teachers scaffold instruction to meet the learning needs of all students.


WIDA Resources: WIDA English Language Development Standards Framework, 2020 Edition WIDA ELD Standards Training Can Do Descriptors Can Do Descriptors Name Charts, Grades K-12 (PDF) Can Do Descriptors Name Charts, Kindergarten Can Do Descriptors Name Charts, Grade 1 Can Do Descriptors Name Charts, Grades 2-3 Can Do Descriptors Name Charts, Grades 4-5 Can Do Descriptors Name Charts, Grades 6-8 Can Do…