Editors note: At Ellevation, we take pride in sharing insights from exceptional practitioners across the country about good instructional models from the field. Here’s an article from one of our subscribers in California, Dawn Addis, a district-level educator on special assignment for English Learner and Intervention programs.
California is one of the most linguistically diverse states in the nation. Over 1 in 5 children (1.4 million) in our K-12 classrooms are learning English as an additional language. In fact, our education system serves more English learners than anywhere else in the US. For too long, English learner graduation rates have trailed far behind those of other students in our state. California must change this.