More than 1 million ELLs…

…attend Texas Public Schools Pre-K through Grade 12 according to a profile created by E3 Alliance, a regional education collaborative.  In the 2016-17 school year, 90% of ELLs in Texas spoke Spanish as their first language. The other 100,000+ claimed more than 130 additional languages as their L1.

Central Texas as defined by E3, proudly serves more than 1/3 of ELLs in Texas, a growing reminder of our responsibility in public schools. To best serve a next generation of ELL learners, we must as educators keep one finger on the pulse of current data and another in the wind for the latest professional development. To become more familiar with our ELL population, check out the numbers at


Want to know how to improve the learning outcomes of this group of students? The Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement takes place on November 6 & 7. Find out more here.

Build Meaningful Structured Reading Into Your Content Area Now

ReadWorks created “Article-A-Day” to help teachers connect content to best practice reading activities. These texts are categorized not only by content area, but by grade level, making differentiation easy.  Subscribe and use these daily articles in your existing reading activity OR try their step-by-step activity here. The exercise is quick, and features opportunities for students to listen, speak and write about their learning, putting all four language domains to work.

See the full site and “Article-A-Day” activity  here.

Image credit from this post goes to ReadWorks.

Interested in learning how to better serve the language learners on your campus/district? Check out our Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement Conference

Resources for Supporting ELL Students Displaced by Hurricane Harvey

Many districts in our area have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. The following excerpt and links can help districts trying to navigate next steps in serving incoming ELLs who have been displaced.

The following excerpt comes from a TEA news release:

“Reminder for Students who are English Language Learners (ELL’s): When enrolling English learners with incomplete or missing records, districts should use whatever information is available to them, including parent and student interviews etc., to ensure that program placement is as consistent as possible with what was being provided in the student’s previous district.”

See the full TEA news release here.

For further reading on supporting students facing trauma from natural disasters, click here.

Immigrant population of Houston(third-largest nationally) in the news.

Want more information on supporting ELLs in our area? The Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement takes place on November 6 & 7. Find out more here.

Discover how closer community ties improve outcomes for Hispanic ELLs

Throughout the US, bilingual and Spanish-speaking families now make up a big part of communities and school. As such, they also need to feel just as validated and important in both as does the dominant majority. In terms of schooling, the Magnet Schools of America Association suggests the following specific back-to-school family and community engagement goals that should be in place at the beginning of the school year:

  • Offer a variety of volunteer opportunities
  • Continuously celebrate families by having special events for the whole family, a family hall of fame and a bulletin board for parents
  • Survey parents and staff on a regular basis to determine school climate
  • Make the campus inviting to parents from the parking lot to the school’s interior

Along with helping Hispanic ESL kids, statistics show that ESL programs for their parents are great for them too. For example, an article about an Arkansas school district, one with a large number of children from at-risk families, states that programs involving parents and children in a family literacy program can be empowering for both.

The following articles from “The Latino Family Literacy Project” can help with other family and community engagement initiatives – in particular, those that focus on engaging the families of our Hispanic students.

The Benefits of ESL Programs for Hispanic Parents in Schools

Back to School Community and Family Engagement Goals

Image credit and excerpt from this post go to The Latino Family Literacy Project

Interested in learning how to better serve the language learners on your campus/district? Check out our Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement Conference

CIMA 2017 Unites Bilingual, ESL, and LOTE Educators!

The 2017 Conference on Instruction for Multilingual Advancement will take place on November 6 & 7, 2017!

Packed with engaging breakout sessions, featured speakers, and a compelling keynote address, CIMA will empower teachers of language learners of all kinds.

Want to know more? Check out the CIMA website for general information regarding the conference – including information on our current list of presenters, and links to register!

Want to present? We’d love that. Submit a proposal!

Questions? Happy to help – email


Summer break? Time for some off-season training.

For many classroom teachers, summer break is well underway, and for some administrators and central office staff, a smaller break is just around the corner. Regardless of your role in the service of students acquiring English, the odds are good that the summer offerings by the Region 13 Bilingual/ESL team can help provide some additional expertise.

Space is still available in the majority of the workshops listed below – and while a couple have already taken place, it’s not too late to register for most.

Side-note: The price of the ELPS Toolkit and Observation Guide workshops each come with a copy of the resource ($60 value). The price has never been this low!

Questions? Email


Early June Conferences at ESC Region 13

The end of the school year is right around the corner, and some of the more, well, stressful things that occupy the brainspace of most educators will dissipate. That makes it a great time to explore some opportunities to focus on the one person you haven’t had much time for as of late. Namely, you!

Early June brings with it two great conference opportunities – the Elementary Extravaganza and the Leadership Symposium.  Both are fantastic opportunities. Click the links for details on either offering. We hope to see you there!


ESL Academy TOT

Interested in bringing the ESL Academy to your district?  The ESL Academy prepares teachers for the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam.  Before attending the Trainer of Trainers, participants need to attend a three-day ESL Academy.

Steps to becoming an ESL Academy TOT:

Step 1 – Sign up and attend a three day ESL Academy

Next Region 13 ESL Academy February 6th, 13th, and 21st.

Step 2 – Sign up and attend the ESL Academy TOT

Next Region 13 TOT March 1st and 2nd

Please contact Allison Hand at with questions


ESL Academy

Do you have a teacher on a waiver? Do you want to set them up for success on their supplemental exam?  The ESL Academy prepares teachers to take the TeXeS 154 ESL Supplemental Exam.  This three day training covers the 10 competencies covered on the exam as well as providing opportunities for classroom application.

Who:  Teachers taking the TeXeS 154 Supplemental Exam

When: February 6th, 13th, and 21st

Sign-up for our next course at