What You'll Find in This Section
How can schools best support English language learners (ELLs) and immigrant students through the COVID-19 pandemic? What lessons have we learned so far?
This section includes information on:
- distance learning for ELLs
- communicating and partnering with families
- social-emotional supports for ELLs and immigrant students.
All students have a right to a public K-12 education regardless of immigration status. Learn more about registration and enrollment policies for ELLs and immigrant students in U.S. public schools from the following resources.
Photo credit: Becoming Bilingual (PBS Launching Young Readers).
Choosing the right program for your English language learners (ELLs) will depend on a number of factors that vary by school, district, and state, such as the number of ELLs you have and their educational background. Here are some resources to help you get started, and we encourage you to look at other program models and resources as you evaluate or choose your instructional programs.
This section addresses the critical questions of how to properly assess and place English language learners (ELLs) at the school-wide and classroom level.
Bilingual and dual-language education programs are becoming more common throughout the country. Learn about bilingual and dual-language instruction and policy, considerations for special education, and tips for parents on raising bilingual children!
Photo credit: Courtesy of Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for American Education: Images of Teachers and Students in Action.
For English language learners (ELLs), the challenges of going to and applying to college can be overwhelming. ELL teachers can play an important role, however, by helping students prepare for and navigate the application process. This section features a number of articles with great ideas for ways that ELL educators can support their students as they consider their future plans.
Meeting the diverse needs of English language learners can be challenging for schools, particularly with limited resources, but across the country, educators are finding creative and affordable ways to address those needs through innovative scheduling, partnerships, and outreach. Take a look at some of the ideas and resources highlighted in our resource section!
The first step in building a partnership with the families of English language learners (ELLs) is to make sure that they feel welcome at their child's school. This resource section includes ideas that all members of the school community can try!
During the school year, there are a number of events that help build the foundation for partnerships with families of English language learners (ELLs). Take a look at these ideas for engaging families throughout the year, with special tips about reaching out to families in their home languages.
Administrators play a crucial role in creating an environment in which ELLs can succeed. This section offers school leaders — particularly those with growing ELL populations — ideas and strategies to make that happen. Resources include articles, recommended reports, professional books, and expert interviews.
We encourage you to share these resources with colleagues and use them for professional development activities.
Paraprofessionals who work alongside ELLs may do so in a variety of settings with a variety of roles. Whatever the case may be, there are some tips that will help paraprofessionals succeed in supporting ELLs.