EL Leader Toolkit

Supporting Region 11 with EL Compliance & Instruction

April 2021 Issue

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My goal is to provide monthly reminders and resources within the EL Leader Toolkit to help you navigate all things pertaining to English Learner compliance and instruction.

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Upcoming Trainings & Meetings


April 15, 2021

9:00-11:00 a.m. (Returning) Register Here

1:00-3:00 p.m. (New) Register Here

50th Annual NABE Conference

April 27-29, 2021

Register here

Spring ACET Conference

April 28-30, 2021

Register here

Next TEA EL Support Update (Final meeting for 20-21)

May 7, 2021

9:00-11:30 a.m.

Register here

Next Bilingual/ESL/TIII Leader Collaborative (Final meeting for 20-21)

Thursday, May 13, 2021
9:00-11:30 a.m.
Register here

preLAS/LAS Links Training Schedule and Registration

July-August, 2021

Register here

Title III Symposium

July 22-23, 2021

Register here

EOY LPAC Guidance

LPAC All-In-One Resource Padlet

Click here to view LPAC resources.

preLAS and LAS Links FAQs -- UPDATED

Click here to view and bookmark the updated, user-friendly FAQ.

EL Summer School

Below are the options for completing the required EL Summer School for 2020-2021:

  • complete the required 120 hours of instruction for EL summer school prior to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year;
  • schedule the required 120 hours of instruction for EL summer school to begin in the summer of 2021 and complete any remaining hours (supplemental to the regular school day) throughout the 2021-2022 school year; or
  • schedule the 120 hours of instruction (supplemental to the regular school day) during the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Reimbursements for the 2021 EL summer school program amounts will be based on teaching units with 18 students or a fraction thereof constituting a unit. Since the appropriation for this program is a fixed amount, it will be necessary to prorate unit allotments if enrollment exceeds projections. Based on 2020 program costs, it is suggested that LEAs plan for reimbursements of approximately $1,300 per unit. Business managers should be informed that the fund code is 289 and that payment to the LEA will be provided through direct deposit in the Fall of 2022.

To the Administrator Addressed: Summer School Program for ELs in KG and 1st Grade Reimbursements https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/news-and-multimedia/correspondence/taa-letters/summer-school-program-for-english-learners-els-in-kindergarten-and-first-grade-reimbursements-0

2021 EL Summer School Guidance and FAQ-April 8, 2021 https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/covid/2021-English-Learner-Summer-School-Guidance.pdf


NEW EL Student Report by Category and Grade Level


2020 Summer School Data Collections and Reimbursement Reminders:

  • For LEAs that have completed the 2020 EL summer school program requirements during the summer of 2020: Participation data was collected in PEIMS Submission 4 on Thursday, August 27, 2020. No additional data collection is required.
  • For LEAs that are currently completing the 2020 EL summer school program: Participation data will be collected through PEIMS Submission 4 and is due to TEA on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

Pre-K Roundup

  • LPAC process can be completed during registration.
  • During registration: HLS, preLAS, score, LPAC, obtain parent permission. (Reminder: LPAC rep is optional at this time.)

Annual Program Evaluation

  • The annual evaluation report shall be presented to the board of trustees before November 1 of each year, and the report shall be retained at the school district level in accordance with TEC, §29.062.
  • Refer to Chapter 89 and use the list of requirements to create a board report.
  • Reach out to neighboring districts/charter schools for examples.
  • EL Program Implementation Rubrics can be utilized.

Annual Progress Monitoring At-a-Glance

Example Scenarios for Linguistic Progress Monitoring:


  • preLAS (fall and spring)
  • preLAS (fall and beginning of KG)
  • Circle (fall and spring)
  • LEA-created/choice (fall and spring)

  • preLAS (fall) and TELPAS (spring)
  • Holistic TELPAS (fall) and official TELPAS (spring)
  • LEA-created/choice (fall and spring)

1st-12th Grade


Title III Updates

Random Validation Findings:
  • LEAs spoke to activities offered to all families. Reminder: Activities must be specific to EL students and families.
  • Community Engagement Requirement: Evidence of effort met in parent or family engagement instead of community engagement.
  • TIII requirements are district-wide in all grade levels.
  • Engagement activities should be district-wide for all grade levels.

LEAs--Not Yet Satisfied the Requirements:

  • Those that have not yet met the requirement will have 2nd meeting with TEA to review efforts/need additional support.

  • Evidence of effort must be submitted by June 1, 2021.

April is National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month!

The U.S. Department of Education's Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) has created a toolkit of resources.


21-22 Annual LPAC Training

  • Online modules have replaced TEA/ESC training.
  • LEAs will utilize TEA's online LPAC modules to train staff.
  • ESC Region 11 will offer LPAC Year-at-a-Glance for NEW and RETURNING leaders in July and August. These sessions will be a Q&A and highlight key need-to-knows. Please note that these sessions will not take the place of the online LPAC modules/annual training.

Unaccompanied/Immigrant Youth Resources



  • Focus on affective support
  • Appropriate placement (grade and program)
  • Effective instructional practice and progress monitoring (formative and summative)
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Looking For Answers? Check Here First!

Need Help with PEIMS Coding?

TSDS PEIMS for English Learners
Submitting a Bilingual Education Exception/ESL Waiver

Click here to view TEA's Bilingual Education Exception and ESL Waivers Resources.

ARD and LPAC Collaboration

Click here to view a Padlet of resources for ARD/LPAC collaboration.

Dyslexia and English Learners

Click here to view the March issue of Succeeding in a Diverse Classroom to learn more about identifying ELs for Dyslexia.

G/T and English Learners

Click here to view the April issue of Succeeding in a Diverse Classroom to learn more about identifying ELs for G/T.

Stay Up To Date --Join our Newsletters!

Click here to sign up for our newsletters: Succeeding in a Diverse Classroom/ EL Leader Toolkit/ Bilingual Professional Learning/ English Learner Parent Support.

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TEA Supporting English Learners in Texas Portal

Click here to go to TEA's English Learner portal for educators and parents/families.

TEA Bilingual and ESL Education Programs

Click here to visit TEA's Bilingual and ESL Education Programs webpage.

TAC Chapter 89

Click here to view Chapter 89. Adaptations for Special Populations Subchapter BB. Commissioner's Rules Concerning State Plan for Educating English Learners.

TEC Chapter 29


LPAC Training Modules and Suggested Forms

LPAC/ARD Guidance for Identification/Reclassification

preLAS & LAS Links (Texas Statewide Language Proficiency Test Provider for English Learner Identification)

LAS Links Texas/DRC



Texas orders must be submitted to the dedicated Texas email box or by calling the Texas phone line:

IOWA Assessments (Texas Statewide Assessment for English Learner Reclassification)

  • Order testing material
  • Texas Reclassification Training Academy (After submitting your order for the Texas Reclassification Training Academy, you will receive a follow-up email with further instructions. You can access the training academy as well as training videos and additional resources for testing.)
  • Have Questions? Contact Riverside Publishing here.

Professional Learning Opportunities

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