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English Language Learning

English Learners (ELs) are one of the the fastest-growing populations in our schools. They comprise about six percent of the student population in Iowa schools and speak almost 140 languages. At Heartland AEA, we serve approximately 4,000 ELs who speak a variety of diverse home languages.

To meet the needs of our growing and diverse EL population, Heartland AEA strives to:

  • Improve programming for ELs to support both the attainment of language proficiency and access to challenging state academic standards

  • Provide EL-specific professional learning opportunities for educators of EL

  • Promote EL family and community engagement

Heartland AEA employs two staff members who are specifically tied to improving Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEPs) for ELs. These staff help districts meet state and federal guidelines, provide consultation and professional development for educators of ELs, host regular network meetings and help advise on mini-grant opportunities to meet school and district needs.

For more information or questions, contact our ESL/Diversity Consultants:

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Janet Eichenberger Hiatt
(800) 255-0405  ext. 14022

Public Districts: Ames, Ankeny, Ballard, Baxter, Bondurant-Farrar, Boone, Colfax-Mingo, Collins-Maxwell, Colo-Nesco, Gilbert, Johnston, Lynnville-Sully, Madrid, Nevada, Newton, North Polk, Ogden, Perry, PCM, Roland-Story, SE Polk, United, Urbandale, West Des Moines

Non-Public Schools: Ames Christian, Ankeny Christian, Des Moines Christian, Dowling, Iowa Christian Academy, Newton Christian, Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart (WDM), St. Cecilia, St. Pius X, St. Luke the Evangelist, Trinity Lutheran (Boone)

Cindra Porter
(800) 255-0405  ext. 14344

Public Districts: Adair-Casey, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn, Audubon, Carlisle, Carroll, Coon Rapids-Bayard, Dallas Center-Grimes, Earlham, Exira-EHK, Glidden-Ralston, Guthrie Center, I-35, Indianola, Knoxville, Martensdale-St. Marys, Melcher-Dallas, Norwalk, Panorama, Pella, Perry, Pleasantville, Saydel, SE Warren, Twin Cedars, Van Meter, Waukee, West Central Valley, Winterset, Woodward-Granger

Non-Public Schools: Kuemper Catholic, Pella Christian Grade, Pella Christian High, Peoria Christian, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Patrick's, Sully Christian

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