The world wide web is filled with resources, research, and information for educators.  Through this page you will find access to both on-line and Central Rivers AEA resources organized by different topics.  You may want to visit other tabs, as many of the sites fall under numerous topics.  Go and Explore!

Keep in mind, that Central Rivers AEA has two Consultants for English Language Learners who are here to provide support for your district and engage in professional discussions where districts are looking for guidance or more information on resources and other topics.

AEA materials

Central Rivers AEA offers a wealth of materials and resources for district and classroom use.

Central Rivers AEA Medianet Online Catalog
Educators can access many supplementary items such as ipads, play-aways (MP3 players pre-loaded with recorded books), mulit-copy books, low-level high interest readers, themed kits filled with realia and so much more!  Visit the Central Rivers AEA Medianet Catalog to search for items that can supplement your instructional units.

Educators also have access to professional books and other language materials.  For your convenience, below are mini-catalog of materials for check out:

Spanish Elementary Language Materials

Spanish Secondary Language Materials

ESL Professional Books

ELL and Special Education Professional Books

Iowa AEA Online
Iowa AEA Online is site that offers access to materials and resources for educators, students, AND families!


Online links

The world wide web is full of websites, articles, and research based best practice for ELLs!
We have provided links to organizations and some articles that are geared towards educators.

There is so much for us to learn!  Go and Explore!


Articles

There are so many articles that we could guide you to!  Below we have linked you to a few of our favorites to start your
journey.  You can access many more researched based articles through the Professional Agencies and Organizations links.

Teaching Tips and Strategies for both ESL and Mainstream Educators

Contextual Factors in Second Language Acquisition

What Elementary Teachers Need to Know about Language

Six Key Strategies for Teachers of English Language Learners

Keys to Success for English Language Learners

Successful Strategies for English Language Learners

Sheltered Instruction Observation (SIOP) Model

Working with Young English Language Learners: Some Considerations

Best Practices for Adolescent ELLs


Professional agencies and organizations

Center for Applied Linguistics

CAL offers research, professional guidance, articles, and access to a variety of language and culture topics.

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

TESOL provides educators teaching language with a wealth of resources, publications, and discussion forums.

National Clearinghouse of English Language Acquisition

Operated by George Washington University, the NCELA’s mission is to respond to Title III educational needs.  They have a resource library, data, professional development offerings, and more.

National Association of Bilingual Education

NABE represents bilingual learners and education professionals.  Look for for all things bilingual!

The Iowa Department of Education, English Language Learner page

Districts can access the latest information from the state.  You will also find the state guidance handbooks including:

  • Educating Iowa’s English Language Learners (ELLs): A Handbook for Administrators and Teachers
  • Guidelines for the Inclusion of English Language Learners in k-12 Assessments
  • Guidelines for Implementing English Language Proficiency Standards