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English Language Learner (ELL) Supports

Charter schools are committed to serving all students, including English Language Learners (ELLs). The Charter Center’s ELL programming is designed to support your efforts in recruiting, identifying and best educating ELLs. Drawing upon local and national school-level expertise, schools are provided with a variety of operational, programmatic and pedagogical best practices and strategies that can be applied immediately.

A series of trainings and expert webinars are hosted under our ELL support services, along with shared exemplars, templates and best practices for participants. Workshop topics include:

  • ELL Identification and Enrollment
  • Analyzing ELL Data
  • Student Recruitment
  • Administering the NYSESLAT
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • ELL Program Models from Across the U.S.
  • Student Engagement

Participants will receive:

  • Access to local and national industry experts and respected charter school leaders
  • Resources, toolkits and exemplars from charter schools with high functioning ELL program models
  • Personal consultations with the Charter Center’s Director of NYC Special Education Collaborative and Inclusive Education Initiatives, Melissa Katz


Series continues through 2014
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Upcoming Sessions
School professionals can register above to receive notice about upcoming sessions.


ELLs in charter schools score proficient in Math and ELA at higher rates than citywide averages.

ELLs: Fact Sheet English333.52 KB
ELLs: Fact Sheet Spanish333.52 KB

Become familiar with the CCLS-aligned changes and implementation of the Speaking and Writing modalities from the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test.

Director of NYC Special Education Collaborative and Inclusive Education Initiatives, Melissa Katz, has identified some of the top ELL resources for schools. Reach out to Melissa at to join the ELL Community of Practice and gain access to even more resources.

How do schools identify ELL students once they are enrolled in the charter school?

Under federal mandate, schools must administer a home language survey at the time of entrance. If a student is identified as potentially ELL after the home language survey and informal interview, the school must administer a valid and reliable English language proficiency assessment to determine if the student is an ELL.