English Learner Education

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students in a classroomThe purpose of this webpage is to provide important information and links to resources that support all educators in providing instruction and services to English Learners (ELs) across the content areas.

Divisions across the Commonwealth of Virginia serve over 117000 ELs, who speak over 240 languages, and come from a variety of learning and cultural backgrounds. These students bring a unique set of assets that have the potential to enrich the experiences of all learners and educators.

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) works for the embodiment of an asset-based approach to educating ELs that honors their primary languages, background knowledge, and experiences.

News & Announcements

Resources Available

Find EL instruction resources on #GoOpenVA! There is a specific group for English Learner Educators.

Sign up to stay informed about new, general education-instructional resources, professional development, grant opportunities, and other information of interest to educators and families with TeacherDirect.

English Learner Newsletter

Sign-up to receive EL specific news, announcements, professional learning opportunities, and promising practices with a monthly newsletter from the Coordinator of English Learner Instruction.

Instructional Standards

WIDA English Language Development (ELD) Standards

(Virginia joined the WIDA Consortium in 2008)

Additional WIDA Resources

Virginia Standards of Learning

Professional Development, Professional Standards, and Licensure Information

Professional Development

Virginia-Based Organizations with Annual Conferences

Professional Standards and Principles

Licensure and Endorsement Information

VDOE Documents & Resources

Distance Learning Related Resources 

Cross-Curricular EL Instruction

Dual Language

Specific-Content Area EL Instruction


Policy Guidance from the US Department of Education and the VDOE