English Language Learning

Professional Development

The Division of English Language Learning (DELL) of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides various professional development resources related ELLs to meet the needs of districts, schools, and educators serving ELLs in the State of Illinois.


  •  FY 16 Annual Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting - September 16-17, 2015 - Save the Date!

    The Division of English Language Learning (DELL) will hold a two-day meeting required for all program directors of TBE/TPI and Title Ill (LIPLEPS/Immigrant Education) programs. The purpose of this annual meeting is to address topics related to the implementation of programs serving English learners and to provide a forum where you can discuss these issues with other directors and experts in the field.
  • Save the date memorandum PDF format
  • (Click here to view archived agendas and presentations)

  •  New Leadership Workshop - August 2014

     (Click here to view archived agendas and presentations)
    The New Leadership Workshop was held August 4-5, 2014 in Springfield. The New Leadership Workshop is geared to support English Learner Program (EL) Directors and Administrators who are new to the field or who have been working with the EL program for a small number of years.

    2012 was the inaugural year for the Leadership Institute and the event was a great success. Aligned with attendee feedback, presentation topics dealt with the challenges of, and considerations for, working with EL students. We also highlighted program design; resources for administrators, English learners and Special Education; and reviewed the general program administration with regard to state and federal requirements, program timelines and procedures and more.

  • Archived Conferences



Current Offerings:

Webinars and Presentations

  • Application Webinar TBE/TPI/Title III - 2015

  • Assessment Updates

  • Implementing the Alternate ACCESS for ELLs (10/17/12)
  • ELL 101 Series

    The webinars serve as an introduction for ELL and general education teachers, administrators, and program directors who are new to ELLs; or as a refresher for more experienced teachers, administrators, or program directors.

    Two tutorials are available for ELL administrators:
  • Tutorial: EL 101 Introduction to English Learners
  • Tutorial: EL 101 Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

  • To access the webinar archive, visit the WIDA Download Library at Scroll to the State/District Webinars section in the lower right corner, choose Illinois and click 'Show'. Once you expand that section you will see the following Illinois-specific webinars.
  • Standards Overview (Click Site)
  • Assessment Overview (Please contact your District’s ELL Program Director or ACCESS Test Coordinator for login information)
  • Interpreting ACCESS for ELLs Score Reports (Please contact your District’s ELL Program Director or ACCESS Test Coordinator for login information)
  • Spanish Language Arts Standards (Click Site)
  • National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA)

    Archived webinars and PowerPoint presentations. NCELA Webinars provide participants from around the country an opportunity to hear expert speakers present research on all aspects of ELL education
  • Spanish Language Development Webinars

    Several webinars are offered focusing on the newly released Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards for PreK - 12 and the PODER™ Spanish language development assessment for Kindergarten.

  • Introduction to the new SLD standards and their framework components and the PODER for Kindergarten assessment video format (26:34)
    WIDA is proud to announce the release of a new series of standards and assessments for students receiving content instruction in Spanish. The Spanish Language Development (SLD) Standards are available for PreK - 12 and the PODER™ assessment is available for Kindergarten. Participants of this thirty minute webinar will be introduced to the new SLD standards and their framework components, and they will also learn about the PODER™ for Kindergarten assessment. The target audience for the webinar includes educators that work in bilingual programs, early childhood practitioners and specialists, and administrators.

  • Los estándares del desarrollo lingüístico del español de WIDA y la prueba PODER™ video format (31:05)
    WIDA se enorgullece en anunciar el lanzamiento de una nueva serie de estándares y evaluaciones para los estudiantes que reciben instrucción de materias en español. Las normas del desarrollo del lenguaje español (DLE) están disponibles para Pre-K - 12 y la evaluación PODER™ está disponible para kínder. Se presentarán las nuevas normas de DLE y sus componentes. En estos treinta minutos también se ofrecerá información sobre la prueba PODER™ para kínder. La audiencia principal para este seminario son los educadores que trabajan en programas bilingües, profesionales y especialistas de educación temprana y administradores.

  • Introducción al sistema de estándares para el desarrollo lingüístico del español para Pre-K hasta el Grado 12 video format (1:23:24)
    Esta presentación se enfocará en el sistema de estándares para la adquisición del español dentro del contexto de pre-kínder hasta el grado 12. Maya Martínez-Hart y Mariana Castro, presentarán los estándares diseñados para niños en pre-escolar así como los estándares para estudiantes en Kínder hasta grado 12. El enfoque de estos dos documentos es apoyar los contextos en los cuales los niños y estudiantes aprenden en el idioma español, así como los individuos que trabajan con los niños y estudiantes en estos contextos. La presentación mostrará la organización y el uso de ambos estándares como herramientas para enfocar la enseñanza en el desarrollo del idioma español. Invitamos a practicantes, docentes, administradores y cualquier individuo que trabaje en contextos en el cual se usa el español como vehículo para la enseñanza a que nos acompañe 90 minutos en una discusión sobre el lenguaje y sobre la educación actual y futura de estudiantes con el maravilloso regalo del multilingüismo.
  • Targeted Technical Assistance for ISBE-DELL Identified School Districts


Fiscal Resources

  • 2013 Title III Program Budgeting and Planning for the LIPLEPS and Immigrant Education Programs - July 17, 2013

    The Division of English Language Learning reviewed the conditions for the use of federal Title III funds as well as the required components of the Language Instruction Program for Limited English Proficient Students (LIPLEPS) and the Immigrant Education Program (IEP).
  • Webinar Video Video Format
  • PowerPoint Presentation PDF Format
  • Archived Fiscal Resources