In the FY 2016 budget the White House just submitted to Congress, funding for ELL education and outreach was increased $36 million to $773 million overall. With that increase in funding comes a new plan for addressing the nation’s fastest-growing segment of the student population.
“The target here is to shift our language in how we describe English-learners from a deficit approach to one that is asset-based…to really look at English-learners as a national asset and investment in contrast to thinking of English-learners as a problem or challenge coming to our school districts,” said Libia Gil, the head of the Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition.
With this money, Gil’s office wants to transform how the federal government handles ELL education, focusing on everything from teacher preparation to curriculum to community outreach, adopting what some would call a “village approach.” She wants to increase parent and community partner engagement in ELL student education.
The importance of ELL parent engagement
Parent engagement is important in all facets of education, but particularly in English Language Learning. Parental involvement is twice as predictive of educational success as a family’s socioeconomic status, but many ELL families do not participate in their child’s education for language, cultural, or economic reasons.
That’s why Rosetta Stone not only addresses ELL education in the classroom, but also makes a solution available for parents and other family members so they are better able to participate in the education process.
The Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12
The Rosetta Stone® Community Solution for K-12 is a scalable platform that helps bridge language gaps between schools and the communities they serve. The same research-based, best-in-class approach that is taken in the Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite is available online anytime, anywhere parents may be.
Through the Community Solution, parents and other stakeholders can now:
- Interact more effectively with their child’s teachers and other staff members
- Help with their child’s at-home assignments
- Connect better with the school community through volunteering, advocacy, and fundraising
It’s time to not only view ELL students as valuable resources to their school community, but to extend that recognition to their families as well.