The Pathways to English Language Learner Success series will consist of blog posts, a live webinar, on-demand demos, and dedicated web pages all written with ELL success in mind.
The current state of ELL education
This is a pivotal time in ELL education. Latino students are currently the second-most prevalent ethnic group in American schools. Nine percent of the student population is enrolled in some sort of language learning program.
And the states that are affected by this population growth are not only the usual suspects like Florida, Texas, and California. Indeed, they are well prepared to meet their challenges in language education. It’s states like Massachusetts and West Virginia that have a tough time meeting the requirements for ELL education set by the Department of Education. The Department’s Office of Civil Rights has received 475 complaints since 2009.
That’s why ELL student success is an imperative and why we feel so strongly about helping schools and districts meet those goals.
ELLs and the Common Core
Of course, those same schools and districts are facing another set of challenges with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and other next generation college- and career-readiness standards.
ELL education and the Common Core might not seem related, but they actually fit together quite nicely. When practiced correctly, the Common Core actually can make ELL education easier and more concrete. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to show you specifically how that can be done, but here are some ideas that you can start thinking about now:
- Which texts can help illuminate universal themes that would resonate with ELL students of different cultures? Particularly, look at the text exemplars provided by the Common Core in this appendix.
- How can students use the latest technology and become more digitally literate, even in an ELL curriculum?
- Rather than just rote memorization, in what ways can critical thinking be employed to achieve proficiency?
- How can ELL students work together cooperatively, boosting the interpersonal and communication skills for all?
We’re very excited to focus our efforts to help ELL educators meet these 21st century challenges. The first step on the ELL Path to Success is our upcoming webinar, Pathways to English Language Learner Success on Wednesday, March 11th at 3:00 pm EDT.