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Educating English Learners

Contact Information for CPDLF Educating English Learners Coordinator
Coordinator: Mrs. Patti Murtha
Phone: (814) 682-5258 
Fax: (814) 702-0433

Information About Educating English Learners

There are more than 61,000 English Learners (ELs) speaking more than 200 different languages in Pennsylvania. The education of students whose dominant language is not English and who are ELs is the responsibility of every Local Education Agency (LEA). Title 22, Chapter 4, Section 4.26 of the Curriculum Regulations requires the LEA to provide a program for every student who is an English learner (EL).
The goal of language instruction educational programs (LIEPs) is to facilitate the development and attainment of English proficiency and academic achievement of students whose native or first language is not English. Without instruction in social and academic English and appropriate support for learning academic content, these students are at risk of losing the educational opportunities provided to non-EL students. 

Educating English Learners (ELS) outlines program regulations and guidance related to the education of ELs in Pennsylvania. This information is from the PDE Website