English learners (ELs) constitute one of the fastest growing K-12 public school student populations in the United States, and currently number over 5 million students. ELs also constitute a sizable subpopulation of many low-performing and turnaround schools. This webinar—based on a chapter of the new Center on School Turnaround’s upcoming Handbook on State Management of School Turnaround—lays out a framework of key considerations regarding ELs in order to foster greater understanding of their strengths and needs; examines opportunities and risks for improving EL instruction and learning in the current context of next-generation standards and assessments, as well as of ESEA flexibility and Race to the Top Program requirements; and provides examples of innovative SEA practices that support local district and school improvement. The webinar specifies key principles for SEA action with respect to ELs in turnaround schools, and highlights several state examples.
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