English Learner Education

Blueprint for English Learner Success

Pillar 3: Opportunity and Support

From the Vision: English learners have equitable access to meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities that build on their cultural and linguistic assets and the academic, linguistic, social, and emotional supports they need to excel.

Building Block 1: Meaningful and rigorous learning opportunities that build on English learners' assets

Level: District

  • District leaders monitor ELs' course-taking patterns and remove barriers that prevent equal participation of ELs in rigorous, grade-appropriate courses, including advanced courses such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, early college, and dual enrollment courses.

  • The district leader responsible for EL programming (e.g., EL Director) collaborates with school leaders to develop policies and scheduling procedures to ensure that ESL, academic services, and programs provided to ELs cause minimal disruption to core content instruction.

  • District leaders use assessment data to evaluate the effectiveness of the district's English learner education programs and make appropriate adjustments.

Last Updated: June 2, 2020

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