Equity & Language Training Module for Closing Achievement Gaps
NEA’s English Language Learners: Culture, Equity & Language Training Module for Closing the Achievement Gaps is a resource with research-based and classroom focused instructional and advocacy strategies to help educators:
- Engage English language learners (ELLs) students in academic learning and English language development.
- Recognize and build on cultural and equity assumptions and culturally relevant instruction.
- Create classroom and school environments that facilitate language learning.
- Absorb, understand and capitalize on language acquisition theory.
- Recognize language development stages and promising instructional practices for teaching in the classroom and school.
- Identify appropriate ELL instructional strategies aligned and differentiated to lessons and objectives and goals.
- Find innovative ways to motivate ELLs to practice academic language skills that are carefully structured and require students to demonstrate growing proficiency.
This ELL training module is intended for closing the achievement gaps for all ELL students of various cultures and languages. It is being made available to support and assist educators in understanding how to apply the best research-based ELL, culture and equity practices in the
classroom and to further one’s own professional development.
Achievement gaps among ELLs are deeply rooted, pervasive, complex, and challenging for the National Education Association affiliates and members. The good news is that NEA is actively addressing the complex issues by, engaging in research and advocacy, and proposing strategies that we can pursue individually and collectively to help eliminate those gaps!
Gaps in English language learner achievement exist across the nation and within our communities, school districts, and schools. These gaps exist based on ethnicity, income levels, language background, disability status, and/or gender. While closing them isn’t easy, there are strategies each of us can pursue to accomplish this worthwhile goal.
NEA is making “Closing the Achievement Gaps” a key priority throughout the organization. The work is focused on helping members to be effective advocates and practitioners in “Closing the Achievement Gaps” for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse students. In addition, NEA is helping state affiliates secure public policies and funding to close the achievement gaps.
Among the unique aspect of NEA’s work in this area are the emphasis on putting the learner at the center of the change effort and promoting an appreciation for the strengths of students in struggling schools. To close the achievement gaps and help English language learners succeed, schools need a new vision of the English language learner students that recognizes they are culturally and linguistically enriched and economically diverse.
For more information, contact: Luis-Gustavo Martinez, Human and Civil Rights, at (202) 822-7396 or LGMartinez@nea.org.