EL Lens

Perry Township Office of English Learners

Who We Are:

Perry Township’s English Learners (EL) Program serves as an advocate for all language minority students. We are committed to fostering the acquisition of English language skills necessary for full transition into a regular academic program and participation in the total school community. We are dedicated to providing programs, practices, and services which reflect the changing educational and cultural needs of our students.
Sept. 30th 7:15 and 8:15-EL Department Coffee Chat

Join us for discussion or questions related to our EL students and families. Join us at 7:15am or 8:15am on September 30th. We can't wait to see you virtually! Click the link in yellow to join via Google Meet.

A celebration of Hispanic Americans, this commemorative month (held September 15-October 15) honors “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America,” according to the Library of Congress website, hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

Interaction Strategy-Reaching EVERY student

Looking for a strategy to reach all students in 4 minutes? Look no further. . . Here's the interaction strategy 2 Minute Whip and Around the World.


2 minute Whip and Around the world


  1. Ask a question

  2. Each “A” participant will talk for 30 seconds.

  3. “B” participants can build on what “A” said or they can answer it with a different lens also for 30 seconds.

  4. “C” participants can build on what “A,B” said or they can answer it with a different lens for 30 seconds.

  5. “D” participants will summarize what was said for their table for 30 seconds.

  6. Every “D” participant from each table will share out to the entire class. (Around the World)

Census 2020

Saturday, Oct. 31st, 9pm

This is an online event.

As you may have already seen, the deadline to respond to the 2020 census is possibly extending back again to October 31st. For now, please continue to push out 2020 Census. https://2020census.gov/


Have you filled out your #2020Census yet? If not, Indy could be missing out on up to $30,000 for each person who goes uncounted. This money goes towards programs like school lunches, housing assistance, healthcare, road repair, and more.

WIDA Self-Paced Workshop

  • WIDA Writing Rubric
  • Doing and Talking STEM
  • Classroom Teachers: Engaging Multilingual Newcomers
  • Leading for Equity: Classroom Walkthrough
  • Social Studies: Engaging Multilingual Learners through Inquiry
  • Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics


Sign up here.

Virtual INTESOL Conference: Equity and Access for Language Learners

If you are interested in attending the INTESOL Conference on Saturday, November 14th, please email Whitney Wilkowski at wwilkowski@perryschools.org by Oct. 9th to register.


INTESOL 2020 Online Theme: “Equity, Access, and Support for Language Learners”

  • Racial justice in English language learning

  • Transition to online instruction and assessment in English language learning

  • Family engagement in English as a New Language

  • Advocacy for English learners

  • Equity and distance/virtual learning

Keynote Speaker: Dr. José Medina, “Serving the Needs of Emergent Bilingual Students”

New Teacher Tool (whiteboard.fi)

When we are in class and each student has an individual whiteboard so we can ask a question and get a quick formative check on if they are understanding is now digital. These whiteboards do NOT live outside of your live session.


Short Video on how to use Whiteboard.fi


Go here to get started.

Coaching Sessions available

You can email/call the EL team if you have questions or need help. Your coach can co-teach with you, co-plan, be a resource for your English Learners, or collaborate with your team. The goal is to help support your instruction for English Learners in any way that we can.

EL Team

Perry Township Schools Office of English Learners

Phone number: 317-789-3720

Twitter: @PerryTwpEL


Whitney Wilkowski-Director

email: wwilkowski@perryschools.org

Twitter: @w_wilkowski


Lisa Netsch-EL Supervisor

email: lnetstsch@perryschools.org

Twitter: @CanDo_Teaching


Nichole Seal-EL Coach

email: nseal@perryschools.org

Twitter: @NicholeSeal2