English Language Learners

Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support


Welcome to the new school year!

We at the Office of English Language Learners (OELL) are very proud of the many accomplishments ELLs throughout the five boroughs made during the 2012-2013 school year.

It is important that ELLs have role models to identify with, and after whom they can model their own successes.  To celebrate the achievements of recent ELL graduates and to motivate other ELLs, we have chosen to recognize a few Star ELL Grads, all of whom have met and surpassed the very high expectations they set for themselves. 

To honor these graduates, and to motivate current ELLs, we have created posters, which will be mailed to high schools during the upcoming weeks.  We are asking that principals display these posters– whether in the hallway, guidance office, or college/career center.  Not only do the posters share the stories of a few truly amazing graduates, but they also provide valuable information for current and former ELL students and their parents, including the link to Dream, Believe, Succeed! A College Planning Handbook for English Language Learners and their Families:  http://schools.nyc.gov/Academics/ELL/FamilyResources/hs+college+handbook.htm

Click on the poster thumbnails below to download poster.

Programs and Support

We are dedicated to serving the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs)—students who speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on English assessments when they enter our school system. Specifically, the Office of ELLs provides ELLs, former ELLs, immigrants, and their families with equity and access to an excellent education. By providing  professional development to teachers, staff, and leaders, promoting parental involvement, improving material resources, and creating targeted solutions for different ELL populations, we create a rigorous learning environment that focuses on academic achievement, language development, and cross-cultural support.

In New York City, we provide bilingual programs (Transitional Bilingual Education and Dual Language) that strengthen students’ native language development and content knowledge while they build their social and academic English skills. We also provide English as a Second Language (ESL) programs that use strategies for English language development with native language support so that students develop language and content knowledge in English. For more information on ELL programs, click here. For a list of bilingual programs, click here

DOE employees that would like to receive additional information on ELL-related professional development opportunities and educational resources should email OELL@schools.nyc.gov using a valid DOE email account.