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English Language Learner Resources

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The needs of English Learners should be a part of instruction and intervention planning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page provides resources to assist school and district leaders.

Supporting English Learners

To assist the education community or the general public with resources for English learners, CDE’s Office of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education has identified instructional resources for English learners which provides links to external websites.

Supporting English Learners in the COVID-19 Crisis

This resource was developed by the Council of the Great City Schools to help districts prepare to reopen schools in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. This resource includes: screening and placement, instructional practices and technology, English language development, staffing, professional development, assessment, and family engagement.

Understanding Language: Principles of ELL Instruction

The Understanding Language District Engagement subcommittee has developed a set of six key principles for instruction that helps ELLs meet the rigorous, grade level academic standards found in the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Uncharted Waters: How a whole-system approach can help districts chart a course to equity and excellence

This paper provides seven concrete action steps and discusses how a whole-system approach to continuous learning and improvement can support equity and excellence.

Supports for Students who are English Learners

This brief provides K-12 education decision makers and advocates with an evidence-base to ground discussions about how to best serve English Learners during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supports for Students in Immigrant Families

This brief provides K-12 education decision makers and advocates with an evidence base to ground discussions about how to best serve immigrant students and their families during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Educating English Learners during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Policy Ideas for States and School Districts

The topline recommendations of this analysis offer ways in which education leaders can build and reinforce equity structures within school systems as a new academic year—and era—in education begins.

Funding English Learner Education: Making the Most of Policy and Budget Levers

The brief lays out a number of ways educators at the federal, state, and local levels could work to increase the adequacy and equity of funding for English Learner education.