ELPA21 in Action
ELPA21's Educator Spotlight features educators from ELPA21 states who are doing exceptional work to support English Language Learners in their communities.
Former Director of EL/Bilingual Education
Nebraska Department of Education
This month our ELPA21 Educator Spotlight is on Nancy Rowch, who worked for 35 years at the Nebraska Department of Education as the Director of EL/Bilingual Education. Nancy even had the opportunity to oversee the development and implementation of the English Language Development Assessment (ELDA) which was the state’s first opportunity to utilize a single language proficiency assessment.
Since retiring at the end of 2014, Nancy remains connected with schools through teacher training, both at the district level and through higher education. Nancy also serves on various ELPA21 committees, including the Administration, Accessibility, and Accommodations Task Management Team and the EL Expert Committee for Standard Setting.
Nancy describes her involvement with ELPA21
“It has been rewarding to observe rural and urban schools in Nebraska meet the needs of EL students. Educators have been eager to implement ELPA21 and use the results to not only measure student progress, but also to inform program evaluation. Teachers and administrators are able to leverage a variety of resources to address both language and content through collaborative work. I’ve had the opportunity to visit numerous classrooms across the state and continue to be inspired about the commitment of educators to serve this very special population of students.”