Digital EL Civics: A model for a technology leveraged EL Civics program.

Session 1: 2:45–4:15 PM, Zoom Room 7


In order to address the evolving challenges that educators navigate as technology becomes more and more integrated in the classroom, the EL Civics team at Highlands Community Charter School has embraced this transition towards technology in the assessment of EL Civics. We have designed a completely digital assessment experience which facilitates a smoother process for both students and teachers. Our demonstration aims to give educators a clear step-by-step process on how to successfully assess EL Civics utilizing the tools and resources we have recently discovered and put into practice. We will cover the entire process, beginning with the first step--surveying student interest for EL Civics objectives--and ending with how to report passing scores and ultimately receive payment points. Digitizing our El Civics program has led our program to become more successful than ever despite the challenges posed by distance learning. This fall we reported the highest number of passing assesments for a single assement in our history. We achieved this by creating digital assessments using Google Forms, using virtual platforms for proctoring assessments, and creating a streamlined data reporting process using google sheets. In a time of economic instability the tools offered by EL Civics programs are more important to our student’s success than ever. We offer a way for schools to maintain and expand the reach of these services while securing additional badly needed WIOA funding.


Ellen Hayes

Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools

Uriel Medina

Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools

Adam Graham and Elvira Harris

Highlands Community Charter and Technical Schools

Type of Presentation

Demonstration (90 minute)



Program Strands

  • English as a Second Language

Category Strands

  • Online Engagement and Assessment