Toolkits & Guidelines

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Decision-Making:
Culturally and linguistically responsive (CLR) decision making is essential to providing students with diverse abilities sufficient and appropriate opportunities to learn, including students with communication disorders. CLR decision-making occurs when educators value the strengths, qualities, and funds of knowledge that diverse learners and their families bring to the teaching and learning environment. Download the pdf to learn more here: CLR Decision-Making Resource.

REME CLD Literacy Teaching and Strategies Tool:
The REME CLD Literacy Teaching and Strategies Tool provides 41 instructional practices grouped within nine major categories. These practices reflect high quality teaching to successfully deliver general class core literacy instruction to English learners. Source of strategies: 50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners by Adrienne L. Herrell & Michael Jordan, 3rd ed. (2008).  Core Literacy Instruction and Observation Guide

Culturally Responsive Referral Guide:
Ten-item referral tool for use by educators to develop a culturally and linguistically responsive special education referral. Sources to gather the necessary referral body of evidence along with suggested professionals who might collect the information are also provided. Referral Guide.

Multitiered Instructional Brief:
In this introductory brief, three model demonstration projects (Cohort 5 of the Model Demonstration Coordination Center) describe their work implementing various tiered instructional models focused on language and literacy at schools with high percentages of English learners in kindergarten through grade 3. This brief is the first in a series devoted to effective practices for English learners. Multitiered Instructional Framework

Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR):

CSR is a set of research-based instructional strategies to improve reading comprehension and content learning. With CSR students work together in collaborative groups to read text and apply comprehension strategies to better understand science, social studies and language arts content. CSR includes methods for monitoring comprehension, engaging in student-led discussions, reviewing and synthesizing information, asking and answering questions, and taking steps to improve understanding.

For more information about Collaborative Strategic Reading, including free CSR resources and the option to earn PD credit hours, see: http://toolkit.csrcolorado.org

Core ESL Instructional Practices (CEIP):  Research-based Instructional Guide for Teaching English Learners

CEIP is a research-based guide grounded in literature that describes best/effective practices in the teaching of English Learners in K-5 general education classrooms.  CEIP was developed through input from over 100 K-5 teachers from schools in urban, suburban, and rural Colorado.  CEIP is validated for teacher self-assessment of their practices within general education classes to inform classroom instruction, professional development, and instructional coaching in the education of English learners.

Download the CEIP Teacher Self-Assessment guide book.


Colorado Department of Education: Delivering and Evaluating Services for English Learners

This publication is a tool to help school districts craft their professional development activities. It has been a joint effort on the part of CDE, Colorado school districts, professional organizations and other interested parties, both public and private, committed to high quality education for ELs. In addition, CDE, whose mission is to help develop guidance, materials and broad recommendations concerning standards, instruction and assessment/data collection for ELs, will assist in this work.

Download the Delivering and Evaluating Services for English Learners guide book.

U.S. Department of Education English Learner (ELL) Took Kit for SEAs & LEAs

The tool kit is designed to help state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) in meeting their legal obligations to ELs and in providing all ELs with the support needed to attain English language proficiency while meeting college- and career-readiness standards. The EL Tool Kit is intended primarily for state, district, school administrators, and teachers, but may also inform other stakeholders concerned with the education of ELs.

Download the U.S. Department of EEL Tool Kit