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  • U.S. Department of Education: Newcomer Toolkit
    • The Newcomer Tool Kit is designed to help U.S. educators; elementary and secondary teachers, principals, and other school staff who work directly with immigrant students—including asylees and refugees—and their families.
      The Newcomer Tool Kit has 5 chapters, and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources.

    • Chapters
      Who are our Newcomers?
      Welcoming Newcomers to a Safe and Thriving School Environment
      High-Quality Instruction for Newcomer Students
      How Do We Support Newcomers' Social Emotional Needs?
      Establishing Partnerships with Families

    • 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