English Language Learner Toolkit » Section 5: Resources for School Staff

Section 5: Resources for School Staff

Resources for support staff who work with students who are language learners and their families.
Support staff include Bilingual Support Providers (BSP), office staff, instructional aides, counselors, nurses, and all other certificated and classified staff. 
Description of Resources
Parent Resource
Schools can edit/use this tool to train office staff, create a school support plan, or as a quick guide to create a more positive and welcoming environment for new students and families.


2. Basic Communication Mat 2

School Office

Parent Resource
One page communication table that features basic phrases families may need to communicate with the school office. Mat features English, Spanish, Korean, and Tagalog. Can be printed and given to parents or kept in the office. 


3. English Language Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting Date & Time

by School Site


Parent Resource

4. Welcome to our School!

Customized School Information Sheet 

For Parents and Students



Newcomer Support

Student & Parent Friendly School Fact Sheets that includes customized school address, phone number, school staff and leadership information, and Teacher name and Room #.  Please click your school below and edit to use.


5. BPSD Newcomer Teacher Guide
The First Days of School
Newcomer Support/  Academic Support

District created resource for all BPSD teachers. Features Goals, Possible Steps, and Tools for teachers to support Newcomer students on the first days of school.

Reflection & Goal Setting Sheet- Korean
Coming Soon
Goal setting is a research proven strategy that facilitates ownership of learning. (Universal Design for Learning Practices)
One page reflection sheet for students to list strengths, needs, and set and monitor goals. 
Newcomer Support/  Academic Support
A Newcomer Toolkit created by the U.S. Department of Education for district, school leaders, and teachers. This chapter describes the responsibilities including supports schools provide to create inclusive school communities. It also discusses what newcomer families need to know about schooling and school systems to support their children’s learning.
Socio-Emotional SupportNewcomer Support
Three page article that features how to notice signs of adjustment difficulties and/or show signs of trauma as well as ideas on strategies on how to help students who are struggling at school. Features tips on how to support, prevent, and equip teachers and school community to better assist students with needs.
Socio-Emotional SupportNewcomer Support
Two page article on how to better create welcoming social and physical environments, engage students, and pointers to for school leadership and partnering with families.
10.Spanish/English Resources
Newcomer Support  Academic Support
English/Spanish resources staff can use to welcome and introduce classroom routines to new students (classroom setting).
11. How to Create a Welcoming Classroom Environment Newcomer Support Socio-Emotional Support
2 page article that features 13 ways you can make a newcomer in the classroom feel welcome
12.  The First Days: Engaging ELLS in the Classroom Community
Newcomer Support
In this ten page article, the authors describe some of the social and linguistic issues that face newly arrived ELLs, such as culture shock and the silent period. Suggestions are given for helping newcomers access content in the classroom, establishing connections to parents, and recognizing the assets that newcomers bring. 
Newcomer Support/  Socio-Emotional Support
This printable resource gives you tips on things teachers can consider for newcomer students, how to pair buddies, and examples of what students can do with buddies.
Newcomer Support/  Socio-Emotional Support
Printable student-friendly guide teachers can hand to buddies on how to introduce themselves, guide conversations, and ideas on activities they can do with a friend that is new to their school. Also features a Recording Sheet where they can write down concerns or questions buddies may ask.
Newcomer Support  Socio-Emotional Support
Printable Ideas on how to create a Newcomer Folder. Includes tips for teachers how to set up the folder and buddies, as well as recording sheets that includes buddy activities on get to know each other, including conversation starters.
Newcomer Support
One page coloring sheet that has blanks to write teacher name, Room #, and Buddy’s name 
Newcomer Support
One page coloring sheet that has blanks to write teacher name, Room #, and Buddy’s name.
Newcomer Support
Article that features a diagram and short description of each stage of Language Acquisition
Newcomer Support
2 page article on how to support students that are dealing with Culture Shock. Explains what culture shock is, the stages of culture shock, symptoms, and how to help students.
20. ELPAC Resources for Parents
FLYER for Parents to Access Practice Tests on ELPAC.org
ELPAC Fact Sheet for Parents
A Parent Guide to Understand the ELPAC 
How to read ELPAC Summative Scores for Parents  
Parent Resource/  Academic Support
ELPAC  is the English Language Proficiency Assessment for California. 
All students who identified a language other than English on the Home Language Survey and are new California public school system, will take the Initial ELPAC. This will identify if the student is I-FEP (Initial Fluent English Proficiency) or English Learner (EL).
The Summative ELPAC will be given to all students who are English Learners annually. 
Click to on left to view and print ELPAC resources for parents.
21. WEB RESOURCE Colorin Colorado 
Parent Resource
Flyer for Colorin Colorado a fun, engaging, comprehensive bilingual website for families and educators of English Learners. Features ELL Basics, School Support, Separate page for families, Videos, and Resource Library for parents/teachers.
Parent Resource
2 page hand out for parents that gives tips on how to continue language development at home and in the community as well as the benefits of being bilingual.
Parent Resource


24.Feelings Charts
Socio-Emotional Support
Printable feelings chart with faces and feelings vocabulary to identify and discuss feelings vocabulary. Teaching and discussing are foundation to socio-emotional development
Socio-Emotional Support
This 2 page article from Talkingislearning.org that shows 6 ways adults can foster empathy in students
Socio-Emotional Support
Three page article from TalkingisTeaching.org with research indicating the importance of adults and primary caretakers in developing life-long socioemotional skills and its impact on academic development. 
Academic Support
One page graphic that features ideas on how you can scaffold instruction to meet the needs of your students
Academic Support
Bank of response strategies to extend conversations with newcomer students or English Learners.


Academic Support
Printable blank vocabulary template students can use to record key vocabulary


Academic Support/ Newcomer Support
PDF bank of Basic English phrases for students who are newcomers with picture support. Includes:
  • Greetings
  • Asking for permission
  • Needs
  • Other useful phrases
  • School/classroom vocabulary
31. Foundational Skills Practice
Academic Support
Resources to assess and practice foundational skills such as alphabet and sight words.
32. Leveled Reading
Academic Support
Free web resource- Get access to leveled text using this website
33. Sentence Stems & Academic Talk
Academic Support
Printable student friendly table of sentence starters that can be a scaffold for writing. Sentence starters to writing an Introduction, To share an Opinion, Add information, Compare and Contrast, and Show Time 
Academic Support
3 page article by Jenifer Gonzales that gives tips on 12 things you can do to improve instruction for students who are English Learners.
Academic SupportSocio-Emotional Support
“In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”
( Dweck, 2015, Stanford).
Research has shown that teachers and students with GM achieve better than those who do not.
Running Records can be used to monitor progress of students in reading. This packet features directions on how to administer running records and provides a master copy of form to use.