You help ensure that the school is operating and you continually think about the bigger picture. Find guidance about how to run an English Learner Development program in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

Interpretation & Translation Resource

This mini-resource will help you understand the differences between interpreter & translation, districts’ legal responsibilities in providing interpretation & translation services, and several resources to help you get started.

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2020-21 PD Offerings

2020-21 Professional Development Offerings Download All events are either a South Dakota State-Wide Title III Consortium or Migrant Consortium activity. They are being offered only to districts that are members of the SD Statewide Title III and/or Migrant Consortium. See our Consortium members list HERE to check your district’s membership status to determine if you are eligible. Schedule subject to change. For up to date details and registration information, always check Registration will close five days before the event. Contact Hours and CEUs options will be indicated in the event registration. Graduate Credit will be offered for some events

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US DOE Newcomer Toolkit

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 further information and assistance, most of which are available online at no cost.

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US DOE ELL Toolkit

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.

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Dear Colleague Letter (2015)

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.

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South Dakota EL Program Planning Checklist

What are the steps a school should take when an English learner, or EL student, enrolls in their school? Who needs to be identified, and if a student is identified as needing EL services, what is the process a school must use to assess language skills? These are just a few questions this document outlines for school personnel seeking to best serve EL students.

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