English Language Learners

English Language Learners (ELLs) - Title III Program

Dr. Joan Oigawa Aus - Director


According to the last compilation (2010, DPI), the MREC serves over 20.948 students from kindergarten through 12th grade. In its member schools there are five school districts that exclusively serve American Indian students located on the Standing Rock Reservation and White Shield School on the Fort Berthold Reservation. In addition, Native American students comprise as much as 25% of students in many of the schools that border the reservations. American Indian ELLs comprise the majority of identified ELL students in ND, followed by native Spanish speakers and a myriad of native languages spoken by new immigrant and political refugee children. New ELL students are arriving in the MREC’s schools every year and the MREC is dedicated to helping its schools meet the needs of its ELL population.

The MREC provides Title III support for its 39 schools, 1 private school and 5 colleges/universities in a variety of ways such as:

  • Professional Development
  • Instructional coaching in sheltered content methods that are linguistically and academically appropriate
  • Curriculum development
  • Formative and summative assessment
  • English language proficiency assessment tools
  • Creation of individualized language plans