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Can Do Descriptors

WIDA English Language Learner CAN DO Booklet is a practical tool to guide teachers when designing and implementing lessons, monitoring student progress, determining student language proficiency levels, collaborating across programs, and conveying results to ELLs and their parents.

This booklet complements the WIDA English Language Proficiency Standards and provides a valuable set of resources aligned to the Performance Definitions for the levels of English language proficiency. These resources assist teachers in embedding academic English into content lessons and working school-wide to ensure the academic success of our culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

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ESL PD Website

ELL PowerPoint

View this power point to learn more about our ESL program.


ELL Overlays

ELL Overlays for Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing in  Mathematics and Literature are a framework for FORMATIVE/CLASSROOM Instruction and Assessment.


The WIDA 2012 ELD Standards represent the social, instructional, and academic language that students need to engage with peers, educators, and the curriculum in schools.

PA ELP National Standards –There are five English language proficiency standards that center on the language needed by English language learners in Grade levels PreK-12 attending schools in the state of Pennsylvania  to succeed both socially and academically in education settings.  Each  of  the  English  language  proficiency  standards  addresses  a  specific  context  for language acquisition (social and instructional settings as well as academic language in the  content  areas  of  language  arts, mathematics,  science,  and  social  studies).    The framework is broken into five grade level clusters: PreK-K, 1-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Each of  the  five English  language proficiency  standards encompasses  four language domains:  listening, speaking,  reading, and writing.   The  language domains  reflect  the modality  of  the  communication  that  is  further  delineated  by  the language  proficiency levels and their model performance indicators.  The definitions of the language domains are as follows:

Listening –process, understand, interpret, and evaluate spoken language in a variety of situations
Speaking–  engage  in  oral  communication  in  a  variety  of  situations  for  an  array  of purposes and audiences
Reading–  process,  interpret,  and  evaluate  written  language,  symbols  and  text  with understanding and fluency
Writing  engage  in  written  communications  in  a  variety  of  forms  for  an  array  of purposes and audiences

Language Lines

Transperfect is a phone translation service available to staff for communication with students’ parents/guardians who have difficulty understanding and speaking English. Language Lines is always available for phone calls home, Parent Conferences, IEPs and whenever parental contact is needed. Click this link for a listing of all of the available languages. Contact your building’s ESL teacher for user information.

Professional Development

ESLPortalPA is a portal for English as a Second Language (ESL) resources. This portal is maintained in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and is a single front door to online information for educators, pupil personnel staff and community service providers who work with English Language Learner students and their families. ESLPortalPA provides easy access to ESL resources and professional development training opportunities. Click on the following links to register for webinars which are free of charge.  Contact Marjorie A. Evans, Coordinator of Data, Assessment and Federal Programs for details regarding  funding for ESL conferences.


TransAct offers a robust collection of many legal and policy documents fully supporting parent communication mandates (Title I, III, IX, X, FERPA, PPRA). This collection of documents is available in many languages. Anyone may register for access to this site-teachers, nurses, guidance counselors, secretaries, and/or  administrators.

What is ESOL?

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What is ESOL