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Welcome to the Education Connections website

The Education Connections website is designed to serve as a portal for educators working with English learners, providing a wide range of resources and building connections among educators to share best practices.

Presented by the Center for Applied Linguistics and powered by the University of Oregon's Oba platform, the Education Connections website will be growing and expanding with new resources in the coming months. The resources linked below provide information on implementing standards-based instruction for English learners that we think you will find useful.

We invite you to join Education Connections

  • Access more resources
  • View webinars conducted by expert practitioners
  • Participate in communities of practice with your peers
  • Learn more about how to plan lessons targeted at standards with English learners in mind
  • Receive periodic email updates about new resources
  • Submit a lesson plan to compete for a monthly $100 prize!

Questions? Feel free to contact the Education Connections team at We're excited to have you as a part of this growing community of educators!


  • Upcoming Webinar! Dropouts, Dreamers, and Alternative Pathways to College: Creating Viable Options for Overage-Undercredited ELLs, with Dr. Marguerite Lukes

    This interactive webinar will explore the educational needs and challenges faced by a population that is nearly invisible to the American mainstream: overage under-credited newcomer English Language Learners. The presentation will draw on original research and present an overview of this growing but overlooked population, discuss issues at the root of interrupted formal education, and address challenges in serving newcomer ELLs with interrupted schooling. The presentation will challenge some operative deficit perspectives on why certain immigrant youth do not attend school and present some promising practices for serving this population.

    This webinar will be held on Thursday, April 9, 12-1 EST. Register today!

  • Implementing the Common Core for English Learners

    In the course of conducting professional development and other activities designed to improve outcomes for English learners, CAL staff have encountered questions from educators about integrating the Common Core State Standards into content area curricula for English learners. This brief, designed for practitioners, provides information and answers based on CAL's practical experience and academic expertise on language learning and English learners.

  • Common Core 101

    This article provides basic information on the Common Core State Standards and how they affect all students. Although this isn't a specific resource for English learners, if you still want more information on the CCSS, this is a good place to start!

  • Teachers in Action: Video clip of a lesson with English learners

    In this video clip you will see Ms. White of Swanson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia deliver a pre-algebra lesson on three-dimensional figures to her eighth grade math students. Ms. White teaches native English speakers and a small number of English learners.

  • Understanding Language: Resources for Teachers on CCSS, NGSS, and English learners

    The Understanding Language team at Stanford University provides resources for teaching English learners in lessons designed around the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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