Educator Resources

RTI Resources


The Office of English Language Learners has created several resources that are available to all schools:


Common Cores-Aligned Units for High School ELLs

While Common Core Learning Standards present challenges for ELLs, they also create opportunities to engage ELLs in standard-based instruction. In working towards that goal, it is very important that ELLs have materials that fully support them in acquiring grade-level knowledge and skills.  In collaboration with the American Institute for Research (AIR), OELL designed two exemplary units for HS teachers of ELLs.  These two units exemplify standard-based instruction with integrated ELL supports. The units are designed using a segment on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House and a speech by Susan Anthony entitled Is It a Crime for a U.S. Citizen to Vote?  Click here to download units.


Response to Intervention Q and A

Here is a list of responses to the most frequently asked questions.  To download the Q and A, click here

Two Video Series on RTI
  • A seven-part video series with Dr. Janette Klingner from the University of Colorado on implementing an effective Response to Intervention (RtI) model for ELLs is available here.
  • A three-part webinar series with Dr. Nonie K. Lesaux  from Harvard University on implementing an effective Response to Intervention (RtI) model for ELLs is available here.
RtI Guide for Teachers of ELLs

To provide ELLs with rigorous, culturally responsive instruction, a strong Response to Intervention (RtI) model should be in place. This set of guidance documents has been designed to assist teachers, instructional leaders, and ELL support services with RtI implementation, as the model is adapted in each context. The documents outline a rationale for using the RtI model with a school’s ELL population, and describe the road map for implementation.

To download the entire guide, click here

To download individual sections, click link below:

Research Brief: Distinguishing Language Acquisition from Learning Disabilities

The single biggest error made in placing English language learners (ELLs) into special education is misinterpreting language acquisition as a learning or language disability. In this guide, several questions are raised about how to distinguish language acquisition from learning disabilities (LD) and offer answers for each. Click here to read more.