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What is SLIFE? Importance to MLs SupportEd’s approach

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education, also referred to as SIFE, are a unique group of MLs that enter U.S. schools after second grade and have had limited opportunities for education or have had major gaps in their education. This population of students may have had a lack of access to schools because of living in places like rural settings or refugee camps or living in situations of violence or civil unrest making it unsafe to attend school. In addition, the structure and requirements of the education system could have prevented these students from attending, such as gender expectations, educational costs, or formal education ending at a certain grade. 

SIFE bring many strengths to their education, such as resiliency, problem solving, cultural pride, strong family ties, motivation, sense of community, and backgrounds and experiences. However, SIFE also can need additional instruction to build foundational literacy and numeracy skills due to their gaps in education or lack of education. Being new to a country coupled with new academic expectations can lead to stress, isolation, and frustration. SIFE may also have additional social-emotional needs due to trauma endured prior to and during their arrival to the U.S. 

The SupportEd team takes an assets-based approach to supporting SIFE by building upon their backgrounds and experiences while developing skills to adapt to American schooling. In addition, SupportEd provides tools and resources to support the development of SIFE programming in areas such as overall programming, instructional resources and strategies, intake and enrollment, and supporting and engaging families. For more information about our approach to students with limited or interrupted formal education, check out our on demand course. 

SILFE / SIFE illustration

Printables Printables

Culturally Responsive Unit Planning
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Effectively Reaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education 
Study Guide

ML Newcomers and Students with Limited/Inconsistent Formal Education Intake
Checklist

SLIFE: Enhancing Schooling through Family Engagement
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Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education Scenarios
Practice Guide

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education Scheduling
Planning Document

Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education Program Review
Planning Tool

Self-Paced Learning Self-Paced Learning

Program Development Strategies for SLIFE and LTELs online course

Program Development Strategies for SLIFE and LTELs Program Development Strategies for SLIFE and LTELs

SILFE Collaborative Online Course

Effectively Reaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education Effectively Reaching Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education

Webinars Webinars

Elevating SLIFE Success: Strategies for Programming and Instruction Elevating SLIFE Success: Strategies for Programming and Instruction

Explore research-based practices for SLIFE, get a deeper understanding of effective programming, receive instructional practices and tools that can be immediately put to use in your context.

Presenter: ML Technical Assistance Specialist, Shannon Smith, MEd.

Guest presenter: Dr. Carol Salva, award-winning educator, host of Boosting Achievement: The ESL Podcast and author of Boosting Achievement: Reaching Students with Interrupted or Minimal Education.

Effectively Supporting Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) in Your Schools Effectively Supporting Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education (SLIFE) in Your Schools

Learn innovative strategies and tools used by the nation’s tenth largest school district to effectively support SLIFE and improve their chances for academic and personal growth.

  • Practical tools for effective identification and assessment
  • Strategies for providing literacy intervention and support
  • Innovative strategies for providing consistent socio-emotional support

Guest presenters: Karen Kleiber and Sonia Arellano of FCPS

Articles Articles

Assessment Tools Assessment Tools

ENGLISH
SLIFE Screener English Sample Items

View sample English math, reading, and writing items at the 4-5 and 9-12 grade bands based on the SLIFE Screener we developed for the Maine Department of Education in collaboration with our partner, Agora Learning

SPANISH/ESPAÑOL
SLIFE Screener Spanish Sample Items

View sample Spanish math, reading, and writing items at the 4-5 and 9-12 grade bands based on the SLIFE Screener we developed for the Maine Department of Education in collaboration with our partner, Agora Learning

Partner Resources Partner Resources

SLIFE Data Map

SIFE Data Map SIFE Data Map

Explore the Inlier Learning data map tracks changes related to the definition for Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education across the U.S.

SLIFE Toolkit

Welcoming, Registering, and Supporting Newcomer Students Welcoming, Registering, and Supporting Newcomer Students

Reference the Institute of Education Sciences Toolkit for Educators of Immigrant and Refugee Students in Secondary Schools

SLIFE Maine Department of Education

Maine Department of Education SLIFE Resources Maine Department of Education SLIFE Resources

Review the Maine DOE definition and recordings of professional development sessions conducted by SupportEd.