Improving Programs and Practice to Better Serve English Learners

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Resources for English Learner Teachers

Whether you are new to teaching English learners or have years of experience, we have something for you. This page collects the best of the wisdom and classroom-ready resources we offer from our deep experience working with schools and districts in the Northwest and beyond. Follow us on social media, and feel free to post our resources on Pinterest!

Northwest Matters Blog

A Tool to Help Support Districts’ Efforts to Assess their English Learner Program

By Art Burke | June 12, 2018

District programs for English learners have many moving parts—some of which perform better than others.

On our blog, Art Burke writes about a new tool that helps districts self-assess and optimize their programs that serve English learner students.

"Districts can reap substantial benefits from gathering information with the tool, regardless of whether they complete all the sections or focus on one section that is an immediate priority," Burke writes.


School systems must have high expectations for English learner students and engage them with compelling, grade-appropriate language and content. Education Northwest can help you build your capacity to set high standards for English learner students, support them, and ensure they realize their full potential.

Program Evaluation

We will partner with you to evaluate your English learner programs. In the process, we will examine various areas to answer important questions: How are your curricula implemented and your data gathered? What are your reclassification patterns? Do English learner students and their families feel welcomed at your schools?


Are you looking to design an evidence-based program for English-language development that meets the needs of your school or district? Education Northwest’s consultant teams can help you design your programs and build your capacity to provide teachers the professional development needed to make your program a success.

Federal Projects

REL Northwest

Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest is one of 10 regional educational laboratories across the nation dedicated to improving the use of research and data in policy and classroom practice. REL Northwest is funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.

Northwest Comprehensive Center

The NWCC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and provides high-impact training and technical assistance to state education agencies in the Northwest states. Our work focuses on the priorities of educator effectiveness and school improvement.

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