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Supporting Our ELLs Module Overview

Background and Context

To support the growing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in New Jersey schools, several offices within the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) collaborated to offer a series of professional learning opportunities for teachers and administrators. Face-to-face workshops were conducted in various New Jersey counties over a period of three years. To expand this type of training it was determined to create online modules that would be accessible to a larger group of educators.

Goal of the Modules

The goal of these modules is to provide resources and strategies for district and school educators to best meet the needs of English Language Learners.


These modules are targeted for district and school educators who work with ELLs.  An individual educator can complete these modules or participate as a group led by a facilitator familiar with the module format.  Modules should be completed sequentially. Each module contains links to readings, activities, templates and video footage.


Office of Supplemental Education Programs in collaboration with County Offices of Education (Bergen, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Warren)

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Thank you for viewing these modules and providing any feedback that would benefit the students of New Jersey.

Module A - Meet Tsien Tsien
The goal of Module A is to provide resources and strategies for district and school educators to best meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs). Module A provides an overview of state and federal requirements for ELLs.

Module B - English Language Development Standards and Proficiency Levels
The goal of Module B is to describe the English Language Development Standards and Proficiency Levels, which represent the language competencies that ELLs need to become English proficient and to have unrestricted access to grade-appropriate instruction in challenging academic subjects.

Module C - The Scaffolding Framework
The goal of Module C is to provide details about the ELL Scaffolding Framework, which will assist all teachers who work with English learners to appropriately identify the language needed to meet the requirements of the content standard for English Language Arts.

Module D - State Assessment Requirements
Module D provides information about state assessments, including ACCESS for ELLS and how these assessments relate to ELLs.

Module E - Curriculum Planning and Sheltered Instruction
Module E addresses Sheltered Instruction and curriculum planning. Sheltered instruction is a set of teaching strategies, designed for teachers of academic content, that lower the linguistic demand of the lesson without compromising the integrity or rigor of the subject matter.

Module F - Four Levels of Assessment
Module F outlines the four levels of assessment (Screening, Benchmark/Formative, Diagnostic, and Summative/Annual) that are used to inform different stakeholders (administrators, teachers, parents).  This information is relevant to administrators and teachers for program planning and is also relevant for classroom-level planning for teachers.

Module G - Summative Assessment - ACCESS for ELLs 2.0
The goal of Module G is to provide more in depth information on summative assessment, specifically ACCESS for ELLs Scores and Reports. This module will walk the participants through the following score reports: Parent/Guardian, Teacher, School Frequency, and District Frequency.