Posted: Fri, 09/30/2011 - 8:39am Updated: Mon, 12/10/2018 - 9:00am

The following helpful resources provide information on students that are English Learners (ELs).

Resources for Administrators and English Learner (EL) Directors
  • View the Director's Toolkit 8-26-14 as a quick reference guide to the federal and state requirements for English learner programming and a timeline of events. For a full reference, visit the EL guidebook located at and the U.S. Department of Education at

Home Language Survey

"Success with English Learners" professional development for English Learners

Resources for Teachers

WIDA & Indiana Academic Standards Summer 2014 Training

WIDA & Indiana Academic Standards Summer 2014 Training: The Indiana Department of Education's Office of English Learning and Migrant Education and the College and Career Readiness Division presented 7 training sessions across the state in summer 2014 as an overview of the WIDA English language development (ELD) standards and how they work in conjunction with the Indiana Academic Standards. This video represents a 1 hour highlight of the 6.5 hour training. For the full training, please access the WIDA section of the IDOE website at


Collaboration & Connection for Our ELL Students power point

Collaboration & Connection for Our ELL Students: Trish Morita-Mullaney is a Visiting ELL Assistant Professor at Purdue University. She teaches graduate online courses for the ELL K-12 license and supports other related ELL classes for graduate and doctoral students. She coordinates with area school districts and service centers on ELL professional development for teachers and administrators. Her research focuses on the lived practices of teachers and leaders as they enact policy with, for, and among ELLs. Before serving at Purdue, she worked as a building administrator and an ELL District Director. She is a long-term member of INTESOL and is a part of the INTESOL leadership cadre. She was a significant contributor to the creation of Indiana's first set of ELL standards.

ELLs in Secondary Classrooms Part 1 Powerpoint

ELLs in Secondary Classrooms 1: In part 1, Dr. Katie Brooks and Dr. Susan Adams, professors in the College of Education at Butler University, share research behind the stages of second language acquisition and effective strategies that educators can use to facilitate the development of academic language in the classroom for our English learners.


ELLs in Secondary Classrooms 2: In part 2, Dr. Brooks and Dr. Adams discuss how to facilitate language development, including reading skills in the second language. Specific strategies are shared to increase interaction and provide language instruction through the content. In order for all English learners to be successful, Dr. Brooks and Dr. Adams share factors that must be considered when teaching long term English learners (LTELs) and students with interrupted formal schooling (SIFEs) with little native literacy development. 

Information About Our Speakers:

Dr. Kathryn Brooks, Ph.D.
Katie Brooks is associate professor in the College of Education at Butler University and was the Principal Investigator of Project Alianza, a five-year US DOE Title III Professional Development Grant. Katie's research interests also include ESL student writing, ESL student engagement in mainstream classrooms, and teacher professional development.

Dr. Susan R. Adams, Ph.D.
Most recently the Project Alianza Director at Butler University, Susan R. Adams is assistant professor of Middle/Secondary education in the College of Education at Butler University where she teaches ESL education courses for preservice and practicing teachers. A former high school ESL teacher and instructional coach, her research interests include equity, teacher transformation, and ELL writing.


Webinar 3: In part 3 of our professional development series, Dr. Faridah Pawan and Anita Seralathan discuss instruction for level 4 and level 5 English learners, which is based upon research and input from ENL/ESL teacher colleagues across the state. Watch to gain ideas on how to distinguish the two levels, create instructional enhancement for level 4 students, and identify several defining features of high quality instruction for level 5 students.

Information About Our Speakers:

Dr. Faridah Pawan
Faridah Pawan is an associate professor from the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). Areas of specialty include ESL/EFL teacher education, research in ESL and content area teacher collaboration in public schools in Indiana and in Beijing, China, and pedagogy in second/foreign language online teaching.

Anita Seralathan
Anita Seralathan is a doctoral student in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN). She was an ESL teacher in California and an EFL teacher in the Czech Republic and India. Her degree goal is ED.D. in ESL/EFL Teacher Education.

English Learners and RTI Webinars: This thee part mini-series, titled What Every Administrator Should Know about Separating Difference from Disability, is presented by Dr. Catherine Collier. Dr. Collier has over 45 years experience in equity, cross-cultural, bilingual, and special education. She has authored several books and articles on cross-cultural and multilingual special education. She works extensively with school districts on professional and program development for at-risk diverse learners.

What Every Administrator Should Know about Separating Difference from Disability Powerpoint

Integrating WIDA ELD Standards into RTI Processes for ELLs


Part I: Policy, Programs, and Challenges for English Learners


Part II: Pyramid of Resilience, Instruction, Intervention & More


Part III: Language Characteristics and Instructional Support for English Learners


Part IV: Step 1-2: Build Foundation and Establish Resiliency


Part V: Step 3-4: Differentiate and Monitor Instruction & Intervention


Part VI: Step 5-7: Resolve/Reference, Integrate, and Serve