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Title III Resources and Guidance


Title III Notification

  • Sample Parent Notification Letter - This letter includes the minimum essential elements that are required by Title III Sec. 3302 for parent notification.  Districts may use this letter or compose their own letter addressing all required elements.

EL Data Dig Manual 

EL Data Dig Manual 

Title III USDE Monitoring - September, 2010

ELD Guidebook:  Designing, Delivering and Evaluating Services for English Learners

This guidebook provides assistance to Colorado educators, administrators and school board members in their continuing efforts to address the linguistic and educational needs of ELs by sharing information on legislated and judicially mandated policies as well as best practices and program procedures.  

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Chapter 1: Understanding English Learners (ELs)
Chapter 2: Federal and State Requirements 
Chapter 3: Understanding the Districts’ Obligation to Identify, Assess and Place ELs
Chapter 4: Designing Effective Programs to Meet the Needs of ELs
Chapter 5: Components of an Effective Language Instruction Educational Program (LIEP)
Chapter 6: Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), Special Education Needs, Gifted and Talented
Chapter 7: Evaluating and Managing Programs for ELs
Chapter 8: Family and Community Engagement
Chapter 9: From Compliance to Commitment: Understanding Secondary ELs
Chapter 10: Considerations for Educating Refugees

U.S. Department of Education:  English Learner Toolkit

U.S. Department of Education:  English Learner Toolkit  

The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released joint guidance on January 7, 2015, reminding states, school districts and schools of their obligations under federal law to ensure that English Learners have equal access to a high-quality education and the opportunity to achieve their full academic potential. In this context, the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at the U.S. Department of Education has provided the English Learner (EL) Tool Kit, a companion to the Office for Civil Rights and Department of Justice “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL). The tool kit is designed to help state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) in meeting their legal obligations to ELs and in providing all ELs with the support needed to attain English language proficiency while meeting college- and career-readiness standards. The EL Tool Kit is intended primarily for state, district, school administrators, and teachers, but may also inform other stakeholders concerned with the education of ELs.

The chapters of the tool kit are:
Chapter 1: Tools and Resources for Identifying All English Learner Students
Chapter 2: Tools and Resources for Providing English Learners with a Language Assistance Program
Chapter 3: Tools and Resources for Staffing and Supporting an English Learner Program
Chapter 4: Tools and Resources for Providing English Learners Meaningful Access to Core Curricular and Extracurricular Programs
Chapter 5: Tools and Resources for Creating an Inclusive Environment for and Avoiding the Unnecessary Segregation of English Learners
Chapter 6: Tools and Resources for Addressing English Learners with Disabilities
Chapter 7: Tools and Resources for Serving English Learners Who Opt Out of EL Programs
Chapter 8: Tools and Resources for Monitoring and Exiting English Learners from EL Programs and Services
Chapter 9: Tools and Resources for Evaluating the Effectiveness of a District’s EL Program
Chapter 10: Tools and Resources for Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Proficient Parents


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Morgan Cox
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