What to Do and Not Do for Growing Number of English Language Learners
The Washington Post (blog)
The U.S. Department of Education estimates that approximately 4.5 million English Learners are enrolled in public schools across the country, roughly 10% of all students enrolled in K-12 schools in the United States. The number of English Learners has increased by over 50% in the last decade, with some states, like South Carolina and Indiana, experiencing extremely rapid growth of English Learner populations (400-800% increases). Some demographers predict that in 20 years the ratio of ELL students to English-only students could be one in four. In light of these numbers, we'd like to suggest a few "Do's" and "Don'ts" — first for teachers with ELLs in their classrooms, and then for non-teacher policymakers who have substantial power over the resources and policies that affect those of us in the classroom.
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