EL Support Team Announcement

The NCDPI EL Support Team follows a semi-annual application schedule for additional team members. Applications for for the 2018-2019 school year have closed.

More details available on the EL Support Team Application Page



2017-2018 NCDPI PD Offerings




EL Support Team Service Requests for 2017-2018

Please read the following information carefully before completing the Request for Services linked at the bottom of the page.

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Per [Sec. 3115 (c)(2)] of the Every Student Succeeds Act, training provided through the EL Support Team must be part of a larger PD Plan which will be documented via an EL Implementation Plan that is submitted to the state for approval.

The NCDPI EL Support Team is a cadre of current or previous North Carolina Public School employees (teachers, administrators and retirees) with a strong understanding of effective theory-based concepts for best-practices in EL student education offering training and coaching opportunities across the state (Trainer bios).

The team can provide training on:

  • Academic language development

  • Second language acquisition

  • Literacy

  • Authentic formative and summative assessments

  • Technology integration

  • Data-driven decision making

  • North Carolina academic standards

  • Working with RAELs

  • ESL program models

  • Co-teaching and effective coaching

  • Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)

  • Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL)

  • World-class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA)

  • LinguaFolio

Various options are available for funding EL Support Team Training events:

Option 1: LEA/Charter Host:

When an LEA/Charter hosts a training including at least one other Charter/LEA, NCDPI provides the presenter hours, training materials/texts, and presenter travel at no cost. The LEA/Charter is granted 50% of the available slots and, is responsible for providing the training location and snacks.

Option 2: LEA/Charter Request for Coaching:

When an LEA/Charter participates in an NCDPI training (SIOP, WIDA, ExC-ELL, LinguaFolio, and/or DL/I) they may be eligible for more in-depth support via coaching. When an LEA/Charter requests EL Support Services for coaching, DPI provides the presenter hours at no cost. The LEA/Charter is responsible for funding the presenter travel costs and any additional materials needed for the coaching. Max. 5 days of service per school year.

Option 3: RESA Host:

When a Regional Education Service Alliance (RESA) hosts an EL Support Team training, NCDPI provides the presenter hours, training materials/texts, and presenter travel at no cost. The RESA is responsible for providing the training location and snacks.

Training Details to Consider:

  • Requests should be submitted at least 2 months prior to the requested training start date.

  • For record keeping purposes, requests for multiple services should be submitted on separate pages of the survey. For example, hosting a SIOP training followed by SIOP Coaching for just your LEA/Charter would require completion of 2 pages of the survey. Service Request "1 of 2" would be completed for the training days and the Service Request "2 of 2" would be completed for the coaching.

  • Due to the nature of the SIOP Model and ExC-ELL a full 3-day institute is highly recommended for initial training. The full 3-day institute training dates may or may not be consecutive. Best options for the target audience can be explored.

  • Training capacity is typically a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 40 per 1 presenter.

  • The EL Support Team can offer services to an LEA/Charter for up to 5 days per school year.

  • FREE Online Training Modules are available for both LinguaFolio and WIDA. It is recommend that the appropriate modules be completed before requesting EL Support Services for these topics.


Request Services

  1. EL Coordinator completes the online survey form.

  2. EL Coordinator or Training Contact notify the assigned Title III/ESL Consultant of the request.

  3. Assigned ESL/Title III Consultant follows up with a needs assessment to determine next steps.


Thank you for your interest in the services of the EL Support Team!