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English Learner Student Updates

Lau Resource Center News Flash

Dear English Learner Educator,       

As we draw to the end of 2022, we are thinking about English learner programs that include strong literacy components. Dr. Pete Goldschmidt, researcher with the Council of Chief State School Officers English learner collaborative opened a recent discussion asking:

“What English learner programs are offered in your schools?”

“How does your program communicate and address the initial skill levels of English learners in listening, speaking, reading and writing?

Effective English learner programs focus upon developing students’ English language proficiency skills across the integrated domains of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Schools gather initial data about each student’s English language needs during enrollment that includes administration of the Language Usage Survey. Schools also indicate the English learner program each student receives in the Education Management Information System and the parent notification letter that is sent after student placement in the English learner program.

To support understanding and consistent use of the Language Usage Survey, a webinar will take place on Thursday, Jan. 12. Read more about this and other English learner resources below.

Language Usage Survey Webinar

The Ohio Language Usage Survey is a critical first step to properly identify and place K-12 English learners in language-instruction educational programs. Ohio TESOL specialists and school administrators are invited to join this 30-minute webinar to share questions and issues related to enrolling new students and using Ohio’s Language Survey. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Department website. 

  • Date: Thursday, Jan. 12, from 2:00-2:30 p.m. 
  • Meeting link: Join Here. 
  • Details:?Information about the language usage survey can be found on the Department web page 

ASSETS Podcast for Teachers of Multilingual Learners 

Follow English learner educator and trainer Dr. Jobi Lawrence on the new ASSETS podcast as she takes a deep dive into the educational realities of multilingual learners. From her Midwest home, she interviews Dr. Steven Krashen and California teacher of the year, Mr. Alex KajitaniCheck out the ASSETS episodes that are posted online at Spotify and your favorite podcast stations 

Reading League Summit 2023

Sponsored by the Reading Leaguethis first-ever summit focuses on convening experts from multiple disciplines to around the theme English Learners and Emergent Bilingual Students: What Do We Know and What Can We Learn? Find out more and register for this conference that takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 25. 

 Reading Tips for Families is a parent-focused project that provides video and print resources to encourage families to support language and reading development. Check out how to use?Closed Captioning along with tips for family-friendly activities. 

International Student Services Association

The International Student Services Association?(ISSA) provides underserved immigrant and international high school students in the US (citizens and non-US citizens) with mentoring and workshops for high school success. By exploring college and career options with ISSA mentors, students learn and apply new skills important for graduation and beyond. Read more about the services provided and contact the Executive Director Mr. Haowen Ge for more information. 

Thank you for your continued efforts to improve instruction and school programs. Please direct questions related to English learner programs to [email protected] and Jason Scragg at [email protected]


Donna M. Villareal  Program Specialist—English Learners 

Office of Whole Child Supports

25 South Front Street, 3rd Floor

Columbus, Ohio 43215-4183 

(614) 387-2245 

[email protected] 

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