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What's my role?: Advocating for ELLs


Educators of English language learners (ELLs) are important advocates for their students.

These resources can help you in that effort and offer ideas about where to start. For some additional ideas, take a look at our suggestions from ELL educators in the video clips below!

Recommended Resources

From the NEA: All In! How to Advocate for English Language Learners

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How can educators and other stakeholders become more effective advocates for language-minority students? The National Education Association's guide, All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners, offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.

The guide also features general educators and ELL educators who tell stories about the students who inspired them to act. Do you have a story to tell? Add your voice to the voices of educators from around the country. Become a resource by sharing your story and lessons learned.

Professional Title: Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators

Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators

English Learners are the fastest-growing segment of the K–12 population. Therefore, educators must provide a voice for their needs. This book demystifies the techniques of advocacy for ELLs, including creating a shared sense of responsibility for ELL success, guidance for administrators, and tips for advocacy for ELLs' success beyond Grade 12.

ELL Advocacy: Discussion Topics

ELL Advocacy: Selecting the Right Issues and Audiences

In this excerpt from English Language Learners at School: A Guide for Administrators, 2nd Edition (Caslon, 2012), Maria Josefina Yanguas provides a brief introduction to the key issues that are appropriate for different stakeholders and audiences — from PTA groups to the state governor.

Private Foundations, ELLs, & My Continued Skepticism

This article written by ELL educator and blogger Larry Ferlazzo discusses philanthropic support for ELL education, as well as the role of ELL educators in that conversation and process of setting priorities. Larry is a veteran teacher Sacramento, CA and has authored numerous articles and two books.

ELL Advocacy: Tips from Educators

These interviews from our Meet the Experts series present ideas for ELL educators who are interested in finding new ways to advocate for their students and families.

The educators featured include: