NISD ELL Newsletter

February 2016

TELPAS - It's here again!

Writing Samples

As you are planning your instruction for the upcoming weeks, consider what writing assignment you will include in your planning that will meet the requirments for the TELPAS writing samples. Keep in mind the following requirements:



  • at least 1 writing sample using past tense
  • at least 2 academic writing samples from math, science, or social studies
  • writing assigned on or after February 15, 2016 may be included
  • all writing assignments MUST include student's name and date
  • must be writing samples taken from authentic classroom activities grounded in TEKS/ELPS


TELPAS Resources, PLDs, and more...


Please see your 2016 TELPAS Rater Manual for additional specifications.

GPS to RTI

Searching for RTI documents and guidance? Don't forget NISD's livebinder!

NISD RTI Livebinder - Elem

NISD RTI Livebinder - Secondary

ESL Certification Reimbursement

Northwest ISD Student Services Department is still accepting applications for ESL Certification reimbursement for the 2015-2016 school year. If you are interested, please see your campus ELL Contact for further details.


For reimbursement, contact:

Lisa Wheet: lwheet@nisdtx.org

Deadline: March 31, 2016

Skill Reinforcement Websites

NISD ESL Model Classrooms

The 2015-2016 has seen the launch of NISD ESL Model Classrooms. Each campus in our district has nominated two classrooms that demonstrated dedication to appropriate instruction for ELLs. These classrooms can be used as opportunities to see NISD ELL Focus Strategies in Action.


We would love to hear your stories of how these classrooms have been utilized and other wonderful things you are doing on your campus.

NISD ELL Instructional Coaches