Instructional Resources
Keeping the Promise



U.S. Department of Education Newcomer Toolkit
This resource provides information on topics relevant to understanding, supporting, and engaging newcomer students and their families. The toolkit provides tools, strategies, examples of classroom and school wide practices, and professional learning tools that will help educators create a welcoming and supportive environment for newcomer students.

Title III Professional Development Padlet
The VDOE Title III team created this Padlet to identify documents and resources to support Title III Coordinators in the field with professional development. Please see the resources we have collected under the Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth and Refugees header. The Padlet is updated weekly to stay current.

IRIS Center
The IRIS Center develops and disseminates free, engaging online resources about evidence-based instructional and behavioral practices to support the education of all students, particularly struggling learners and those with disabilities.

Multitiered System of Supports for English Learners (MTSS for Els)
This is a Model Demonstration Research Project sponsored by the Office of Special Education Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. This is a culturally and linguistically responsive model for a multitiered system of supports for ELs, including those with or at risk of having a disability.

Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA)
The ECTA was designated the HUB for early childhood (birth to 5) for all resources for COVID-19. They have resources on disaster planning and trauma response, remote service delivery and distance learning, family resources and COVID-19 resources. Included on this site is a resource on Trauma and Stress provided by ZERO to THREE.

This package includes materials in Pashto and Dari for young children. These materials have been curated for the purpose of responding to the immediate and transition learning needs of children aged 5 to 9 years old. The materials were developed through the efforts of Creative Associates International in partnership with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education under the USAID-funded All Children Reading (ACR-Afghanistan). They have been approved in terms of illustration and content appropriateness for the target audience. The materials can be used either in digital or paper format.

  • 70 illustrated mini stories in Dari for children aged 5 to 7
  • 56 Illustrated mini stories in Dari for children aged 7 to 9
  • 49 illustrated mini stories in Pashto for children aged 5 to 7
  • 76 Illustrated mini stories in Pashto for children aged 7 to 9


  • 1 Workbook in Dari for children aged 5 to 7
  • 1 Workbook in Dari for children aged 7 to 9
  • 1 Workbook in Pashto for children aged 5 to 7
  • 1 Workbook in Pashto for children aged 7 to 9

Storybooks in Pashto and stories listed under “Persian/Afghanistan” are currently available on the Global Digital Library.

Afghan Children Read offers 330 books in Dari and Pashto for early grades.

Additional Resources:

Reading materials in Pashto/Dari reading for grades 1-3, including PDFs of books and workbooks.<

This resource offers flashcards that are English-Dari and English-Pashto. These flashcards show how to pronounce English words phonetically in Dari/Pashto and vice versa. For Afghan evacuees now in the US, the flashcards are relevant for caregivers to learn along with their children as well.

Storyweaver offers Hundreds of stories for children in Pashto and Farsi.


American English: Everyday Conversations (Department of State):

Everyday Conversations is intended for sixth- and seventh-grade students of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) or English as a Second Language (ESL). Students can listen to and/or read dialogues in English. Topics of the conversations include introductions and small talk, shopping, asking for directions, hobbies, and giving advice. This resource can be used by teachers and learners. Students can listen to and/or read dialogues in English.

American English: American Teens Talk (Department of State)

Americans Teens Talk! is a collection of interviews of American high school students in both written and audio format. Each interview is accompanied by vocabulary notes and discussion questions. The interviews in American Teens Talk! give learners a view into the lives of adolescents in the U.S. Through the written and audio format of the interviews, learners are able to increase their vocabulary, practice their reading and listening skills, engage in discussions, and learn more about U.S. culture.

American English: Dialogs for Everyday Use (Department of State)

Dialogs for Everyday Use is a collection of thirty situational dialogs that focus on a wide variety of communicative situations and natural encounters in English. Each dialog is accompanied by a contextual illustration and can be used as a springboard for extended listening and speaking practice. The text also includes language notes that provide useful information on grammar and intonation patterns. This text is suggested for intermediate learners of English.

1 Story files are numbered for organizational purposes only. The content is not sequential and may be provided in any order.

Last Modified: 03/21/2022