English Language Learners
Over the past decade, K-12 schools in the United States have been educating more English language learners (ELLs) than at any point in history. ELLs are a diverse group in language background, school experience, and social-emotional needs. ELLs require different approaches and different content, even students at the same grade, even the same language development level, to ensure progress towards proficiency. Academically, students in English learner programs face a double challenge: acquiring English while gaining content-area knowledge and skills. In the era of new academic content standards and new English Language Proficiency/Development standards, educators and policymakers stand to benefit from this rich collection of resources.