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1 High Schools Literacy: English Language Learners June 2008 Maria Santos Office of English Language Learners

2 English Language Learners: demographics There are over five million ELLs in the United States. This number has risen by 57% over the past ten years. Six in ten qualify for free and reduced lunch. Eighth-grade ELLs’ scores on reading and mathematics tests are less than half of those of their English speaking peers. Students from households which speak a language other than English at home lag twenty points behind in high school graduation rates. Educating English Language Learners: Building Teacher Capacity, Roundtable Report, National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, 2008.

3 ELLs are a very diverse subgroup Immigrants with parallel schooling Newcomers Student with Interrupted Formal Education Long-term ELLs Special Education ELLs Former ELLs

4 What ELLs know and can do Literacy in native language Competencies in subject matter Level of English language proficiency Emergent bilinguals Cross cultural competencies

5  Rigorous and aligned to local, state and national standards  Native language support and development  ESL through content  Academic language focus  Literacy development  Vocabulary development  Accessible to all through scaffolding  Quality interactions  Technology integration Rigorous curriculum and instruction

6 Assessment and accountability >Diagnostic  English proficiency  Literacy in the native language  Content knowledge- mathematics, science and social sciences >Periodic  English language arts  Subject matter  English language development  Native language arts >Formative in multiple modalities >Summative >Accommodations >Accountability measures, rewards and consequences

7 All secondary educators >Second language acquisition >Second language academic literacy instruction >Cross-cultural context and connection >Content-based instruction while developing academic language >Vocabulary development >Purposeful scaffolding for access and language production >Selection and use of appropriate materials Literacy specialists ESL Teachers Teacher quality and professional development

8 >Transition into a new schooling culture >Transition into a new culture >Environments that are safe, supportive and connected to the broader school community >Mindful of the contributions that students and families from diverse cultures and experiences make to the school >Libraries in native languages in the school >Language use and celebrations >ESL for families >College and career guidance Student and family supports

9 Stakeholder engagement Community based organizations Feeder schools Universities and community colleges Adult education centers Welcome centers

10 Research informed policy Professional development for school leaders School leadership teams >ELL Literacy Institute >Secondary academic literacy development-QTEL Language allocation policy Focus on strengthening the instructional core Leadership and governance

11 Flexible scheduling and grouping during the day >Purposeful homogeneous and/or heterogeneous grouping >Thematic or integrated learning >Block scheduling Extended-day hours and Saturday academies Individualized graduation plans Newcomer or SIFE programs or academies Small class size Break the silos >Collaborative teaching >Collegial planning - ESL specialist with content teacher Organization and structure

12 Resources for sustainability Resources targeted to improvement areas such as production of academic language (oral and/or written) Strong guidance Academic interventions - technology enriched Dedicated fiscal resources for staffing and extended day Dedicated resources and time for collaborations between subject area teachers and ELL specialists

13 FOR MORE INFORMATION Maria Santos 212.374.6072

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