Archived What’s New


Published: June 19th, 2018

Upcoming EL Coordinator Boot Camp

The next EL Coordinator Boot Camp is scheduled for Monday, July 30, 2018.

This is Part One of a two-part orientation for new EL Coordinators and Administrators who implement EL programs. This training will provide attendees with the information necessary to build a compliant and effective EL program. Part One will focus on information new EL Coordinators need to know at the beginning of the school year, and Part Two, which will occur in January 2019, will focus on the tasks EL Coordinators will need to complete in the second part of the school year.

This training will be basic and foundational; therefore, it is required that attendees have no more than two years’ experience working in this area.

Information regarding the following components / topics will be discussed:

  • Structured English Immersion Models
  • ILLP Implementation
  • English Language Proficiency Standards
  • Monitoring Cycle
  • Title III
  • Comprehensive Needs Assessment/Integrated Action Plan
  • SEI Budget Process
  • Arizona English Language Learner Assessment (AZELLA)
  • EL Data / EL Reports
  • Dual-Labeled English Learners
  • EL Accountability
  • Identification of ELs

This meeting will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 at:
Black Canyon Conference Center
9440 N. 25th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85021

Posted in Archived What's New, General |
Published: September 6th, 2017

ELP Standards Review Committee

The English Language Proficiency Standards will be reviewed and updated this year, and we are looking for interested participants to serve on the revision committee. The committee will meet monthly from October through May to complete this work. Those interested are invited to complete the application and submit it to [email protected] prior to October 6, 2017.

English Language Proficiency Standards Review Committee Application

For further information, contact Lin Murnane at [email protected], or 602-542-1132.

Posted in Archived What's New |
Published: July 5th, 2017

SEI New Teacher Academy Offerings

Are you new to Structured English Immersion (SEI) instruction? Do you need help in knowing how to teach within the four hour SEI Models? This two day course is here to help!

The SEI New Teacher Academy will acquaint you with the requirements of the SEI Models, instructional components, and the English Language Proficiency Standards. It will provide you with instructional strategies and planning ideas, including Grammar Wall basics.

This training will be offered in both the Flagstaff and Tuscon areas in the coming weeks. Click on the links below to register or for more information.

Flagstaff SEI New Teacher Academy – Canceled
August 29-30, 2017

Tucson SEI New Teacher Academy – Sold Out
September 13-14, 2017

Posted in Archived What's New |
Published: June 19th, 2017

FY18 Title III Funding Updates

In preparation for planning FY 2018 Title III programs, the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS) would like to inform you of some procedural and deadline changes which will impact FY 2018 federal grant funds administered by our office. Guidance was recently released by the Arizona Department of Education which addressed federal regulations for substantial approval, pre-award costs, and obligation of grant funds. OELAS followed up that guidance with an FAQ document to clarify questions LEAs may have had. In order to assist LEAs with meeting these regulations, Title III funds, including Emergency Immigrant Education Program funds, will be made available as soon as possible after the Federal award announcement. OELAS anticipates opening FY 2018 Title III applications mid to late July. The submission deadline for FY 2018 Title III and Emergency Immigrant Education Program Original Applications has changed to October 1, 2017.

For more information including application deadlines and descriptions of how the Integrated Action Plan impacts Title III applications, please see the following documents. They are also located on the Title III page under Title III Funding Guidance.

Substantial Approval Pre-Award Cost Memo from ADE Grants Management

Letter Sent From OELAS Regarding Title III Substantial Approval and Pre-Award Costs

FAQs Regarding Title III Substantial Approval and Pre-Award Costs

For questions regarding fiscal grant requirements, allocations, and application submissions, please contact Mary Ricci-Marriott, Title III Fiscal Specialist. For assistance with Integrated Action Plans and programmatic questions related to your FY 2108 application, please contact the Education Program Specialist assigned to your region. See our contact page for further details.

Posted in Archived What's New |
Published: April 11th, 2017

Supporting Refugee Student Populations Webinar Series

Please join us for our webinar series on supporting refugee student populations. The webinar series is co-hosted with the International Rescue Committee. For previous sessions of the series, please visit our refugee resource page.

The following webinars are designed to support and assist schools with refugee student populations and are intended for all those who are involved in the education of refugee students. Each webinar will be held 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Click on each session title to register.

April 25, 2017: Barriers Faced by Resettled Refugees

Refugee students must cope with numerous challenges and obstacles when they are resettled in the United States. In this webinar, we will identify several barriers refugee students face when attending American public schools and what can be done to help refugee students overcome these obstacles.

May 9, 2017: The Importance of Student Well-Being

Refugee students have faced multiple adversities, including displacement, loss of close family members, and disruption of normalcy. In this webinar, we will discuss the teacher’s role in supporting students’ well-being through IRC’s Healing Classroom approach. We will discuss practical strategies that teachers can use to build a positive and nurturing learning environment to promote students’ well-being in the classroom.

June 6, 2017: Building Social and Emotional Skills

Displacement and severe adversities experienced by refugee students can have a negative impact on their well-being and development. Explicit Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has been shown to mitigate the effects of adversity and have a positive impact on well-being and academic outcomes. In this webinar, we will share a framework for SEL and examples of how to integrate SEL into the classroom.

July 11, 2017: Best Practices in Educating Refugee Students

In this webinar, we will identify best practices for integration of refugee students into schools. We will discuss ways to create a welcoming school environment, engage families, and support refugee student learning in the classroom.

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