NCSTIIID is organized for the mutual educational enhancement, communications, and professional development of its members regarding the education and services for English Learner students (ELs).



The NCSTIIID serves as the voice of ELs, representing SEAs and LEAs across the United States. We are small enough to hear individual voices, yet powerful enough to be heard as a whole. The organization provides its members with direct contact with the change agents in each state and at the Federal level. With two-way communication between the council and the decision makers, our voice can be heard.



NCSTIIID’s educational purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing assistance and support to SEAs and LEAs, helping EL children attain English proficiency and meet high academic standards;
  • Providing assistance and support to new and existing Title III SEA and LEA directors/administrators in developing programs and activities that achieve the national, state, and local educational goals;
  • Providing educational activities and information to its members, governmental, educational, and private entities on effective language program administration and education of EL students.

NCSTIIID’s communication purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing an avenue of communication among members to facilitate effective programs and activities to achieve national, state, and local educational goals;
  • Providing information to its members, individuals, and other organizations on effective instruction, and administration of programs for EL students. This may include the use of position papers and white papers.

NCSTIIID’s professional development purposes include, but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that members are knowledgeable of effective administration of national and state programs for the education of EL students;
  • Ensuring that members are knowledgeable of the laws governing the administration of language development programs and the education of EL students.

History of the NCSTIIID

Title III of the ESSA is the section of federal education law that provides grants to SEAs that flow through to LEAs to provide services to help ELs attain English proficiency and acquire content knowledge. It is considered a formula grant, meaning that funds allocated for Title III are awarded to SEAs based on a formula that takes into account the number and percent of ELs in the country. SEAs then award Title III funds to LEAs in a similar manner, using a formula based on the number of ELs in each district compared to the number of ELs in the state.

Title III formula grants were first authorized by the reauthorization that preceded ESSA’s, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Prior to NCLB, ESEA grants for ELs were competitive grants and were not awarded to all states, but only to those states whose applications for these funds were approved via a competition. NCLB had a provision that Title III grants would revert to a competitive grant program if funding for Title III fell below certain levels. Under ESSA, that provision was removed.

The National Council of State Title III Directors is the continuation of another national council that brought together SEA bilingual and EL coordinators. Shortly after the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, the organization adopted the name “National Council of State Title III Directors”. Since then the NCSTIIID has grown and developed into a nationally recognized organization for the advocacy of ELs.

Starting in 2009, a like-minded executive board, led by then president Pedro Ruiz from New York State, the NCSTIIID set some short and long-term goals. Among the short-term goals were to annually host national meetings that bring together SEA and LEA Title III directors for training, sharing of information, and networking. The first Annual National Meeting of the National Council of State Title III Directors took place in October 2010 in Alexandria, VA. Since then, the NCSTIIID has hosted, co-hosted, or participated jointly in national meetings that bring together Title III and other SEA and LEA directors.

One of the long-term goals of the NCSTIIID is to grow its membership to the point where it is able to hire a management organization. Currently, participation on the NCSTIIID executive board is 100% voluntary. Active SEA Title III Directors and a small group of advisory board members enact all activities of the executive board.

Since 2009, NCSTIIID has had 8 presidents who have helped guide the NCSTIIID.

2009-2010Pedro RuizNY
2010-2011Robin LisboaIL
2011-2012David HolbrookWY
2012-2013David HolbrookWY
2012-2013Shelda HaleKY
2013-2014Patricia AdkissonAK
2014-2015Charlotte “Nadja” TrezNC
2015-2016Terry RichardDE
2016-2017Jobi LawrenceIA

There have been many others who have contributed greatly to the success of the NCSTIIID. We look to the future and what it holds with eager expectations.