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Workshop: Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students

Dec | 2017

Beyond Teaching English:
Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students

January 17, 2018
9 am – 3 pm

California Coummunity Foundation
Joan Palevsky Center
Los Angeles, CA

Californians Together invites you to attend a convening of school districts and local and statewide education community partners to highlight the results of the report, “Beyond Teaching English: Supporting High School Completion by Immigrant and Refugee Students,” by Julie Sugarman of the Migrant Policy Institute. … Read More.

Historic Day: California State Board of Education Adopts An English Learner Roadmap: From English Only to Bilingualism and Biliteracy

Jul | 2017

LONG BEACH:  On July 12, 2017 the California State Board of Education unanimously adopted new policy for educating California’s 1.3 million English Learners (ELs) by approving an English Learner Roadmap.  As stated in the approved Board Item,

“This policy is intended to assist the California Department of Education in providing guidance to local educational agencies (LEAs) in welcoming, understanding, and educating the diverse population of students who are English Learners attending California public schools. Many English Learners represent the newest members of our society (including recently arrived immigrants and children of immigrants) who bring a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds and come from families with rich social and linguistic experiences. They also bring skills in their primary languages that contribute enormously to the state’s economic and social strengths as a talented multilingual and multicultural population.”

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Every Student Succeeds Act: A Vision to Address the Needs of California’s Youngest Learners

Jul | 2017

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reauthorized the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s K-12 education law. ESSA includes several policy changes, including funding preschool and optimizing children’s developmental and academic trajectories by supporting the alignment of early learning programs and the K-12 system.

The purpose of this brief is to provide policy recommendations for the ESSA State Plan that addresses the needs of our youngest learners.

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