Supporting English Learners

The percentage of public school students whose first language is not English has been growing consistently over the past decade. Currently, nearly 1 in 10 students is considered an English Learner in the United States. Promoting proficiency in English while teaching grade-level content to achieve CCRS presents unique challenges to professionals supporting this diverse group of students. The resources below provide information to support English learners.

The IRIS Center: Developed in collaboration with nationally recognized researchers and education experts, the Center’s resources about evidence-based instructional and intervention practices—Modules, Case Study Units, Activities, and others (including a number of Web-based tools)—are specifically created for use in college instruction, professional development activities, and independent learning opportunities for practicing educators. The IRIS Center provides helpful modules for teachers working with English Learners:

NCELA collects, coordinates, and conveys a broad range of research and resources in support of an inclusive approach to high quality education for ELs. To fulfill its mission, NCELA supports high quality networking among state-level administrators of Title III programs. In addition to SEA coordinators, NCELA serves other stakeholders involved in ELL education, including teachers and other practitioners, parents, university faculty, administrators, and federal policymakers.

The English Learner Tool Kit is intended to help state and local education agencies (SEAs and LEAs) in meeting their obligations to English Learners (ELs). The tool kit should be read in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights’ and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) “English Learner Students and Limited English Proficient Parents,” published in January 2015, which outlines SEAs’ and LEAs’ legal obligations to ELs under civil rights laws and other federal requirements.

The Center for English Language Learners at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) provides information about how to reduce the achievement gap and improve outcomes for English Learners.