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 who are just beginning their experience in the United States and American school system. These newcomer students have unique needs as they adjust to the country, school system, culture, and lifestyles while still learning English.

Despite these challenges, when you successfully engage a newcomer student in the classroom, their inherent strengths will shine, and their initial challenges will gradually fade.

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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.

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 arrive in U.S. schools with a wide range of strengths and needs. They may come to your classroom understanding and speaking very little English or understand English well enough to not qualify for your school's English language development program. The cultural and academic adjustment is great. In this course, we will tackle the wide-range of strengths and needs by breaking it down and considering each individual student.

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Create instructional ideas

This course offers you ideas for making your classroom newcomer-friendly by understanding cultural adjustments, considering the educational background and potential gaps, and addressing literacy levels through instructional strategies and more.

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Consider Social and Emotional Needs

Newcomers have unique needs based on their background and life experiences. They are undergoing a significant transition. This course helps you 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, which is ideal for the classroom teacher new to working with or adjusting to teaching newcomer students. It is 100% online, self-paced, and asynchronous. Kelly Reider, founder of English Learner Portal, is the primary course facilitator and guide for answering your questions. Throughout the course, Kelly will introduce multiple experts to offer 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 digital credentials - a digital certificate and a digital badge. These digital credentials are delivered 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, and 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. Don't hesitate to get in touch with 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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