Avoiding the Supplanting Trap: Using Federal Funds to Serve Your ELs
Presented by Ellen Forte
Recorded On: Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The federal “supplement not supplant” restriction on services for English learners (ELs) is bedeviling schools across the country with its complexities. After the U.S. Department of Education up-ended traditional practices with new supplanting guidance in 2008, grant administrators have struggled to determine how they may use their federal Title I and Title III funds without improperly “supplanting” services they are required to provide to EL students under federal civil rights laws. One result is that every single state reviewed last year by ED’s Title III office had findings relating to “supplanting” in its programs for ELs.
Who Should Attend:
Serving Your English Learners with Federal Funds: How to Avoid the Supplanting Trap, containing an easy-to-understand explanation of the Title I and Title III programs’ supplement not supplant requirements, as well as all the relevant guidance. Also included are all the pertinent findings from the most recent state monitoring reports, so you can see how other states and districts stumbled and how you can avoid the same mistakes.
Ellen Forte, Ph.D, is a nationally respected authority with nearly two decades’ experience conducting research and providing technical assistance to state and local education agencies in the successful interpretation and implementation of education policies. Dr. Forte’s work centers on standards, assessment and accountability, with a particular emphasis on the creation and implementation of fair and meaningful systems for English language learners and students with significant cognitive disabilities. Dr. Forte is the President and founder of edCount, LLC, a Washington D.C.-based boutique education consulting firm providing technical assistance and professional services to state and local education agencies, advocacy groups, and other education organizations. edCount is a federally-registered, woman-owned small business, with a focus on federal and state education policy, students with disabilities, and English language learners.