Are you a teacher with a student new to the U.S. school system?

The course, Instruction for Newcomer Students, gives you practical strategies to help you support and engage your newcomer student(s) in the classroom.

In education we refer to these students as newcomers — students who are within their first year in the United States and American school system. These newcomer students have a unique blend of needs as they adjust to the country, school system, culture, and lifestyles, in addition to possibly still leaerning English.

Factor in the emotional and social impact of making new friends in an entirely new place and you can see how their readiness to learn in the classroom could be challenging. I guarantee you that when you get a newcomer student engaged in the classroom, their strengths will shine and their challenges will fade away.

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Classroom Strategies

We'll explore instructional ideas and discuss strategies for approaching varying English proficency levels.


Social & Emotional Needs

We will consider trauma informed instructional practices from experienced resources and discuss how to apply.


15-Hour Course

This 15-hour course is asynchronous and self-paced with a dedicated course facilitator to answer your questions.

We can become more confident educators when we consider…

What do our newcomers students need before we dive into instruction?

This introductory course is designed to help you:

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Understand the needs of newcomer students

Newcomers students may or may not need supports for acquiring English. They may come in needing a great deal of support. They may come to your classroom understanding and speaking English well enough to not even qualify for the English language development program in your school. That doesn’t mean they are fully ready to handle the content you are sharing in the same way as your other native English speakers. In this course we'll discuss instructional ideas and how the English proficency levels can help you.

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Create instructional ideas

When you are welcoming a new student who is entering the U.S. school system for the first time from another country and culture, this course can offer you ideas for making your classroom newcomer friendly, addressing literacy strategies, instructional ideas, and more.

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Consider Social and Emotional Needs

Newcomers have unique needs tbased on their background and life experiences. They have just undergone a major transition in their life. You will want to understand the social and emotional needs of our newcomer students and the impact this has on their educational goals.

This course offers 15-hours of professional learning, ideal for the classroom teacher who is new to working with or adjusting to teaching newcomer students. The course is 100% online, self-paced, asynchronous learning. Your primary course facilitatir and guide for answering your questions is Kelly Reider, founder of English Learner Portal. However, throughout the course, Kelly will introduce multiple experts to offer you additional insights and strategies specific to newcomers, including family engagement, social and emotional factors, vocabulary strategies, strong start practices, and more.

When you complete the course, you receive two types of digital credentials - a digital certificate and digital badge. These digital credentials are delivered to you via email that directs you to our digital credentialing platform. From there, you can access your credentials, print, save, share, post on your LinkedIn profile, add to your resume or professional website, send to your HR department or principal, add to your professional portfolio....Document your dedication to continuous professional learning and growth!

This course also qualifies for 1 graduate credit through UMass Global for an additional fee of $75. Please contact for more information about graduate credit.


The course guide provides an outline of the topics covered. Discover what you'll be learning and share with your school adminstration. English Learner Portal works with most tuition reimbursement programs. Contact your district office to confirm.



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