Supporting English Language Learners
A growing number of children — 18.2 million — live in immigrant families in the United States. Many of these young people face steep challenges as they learn English and navigate an unfamiliar educational system.
A Resource Roundup
Below is a collection of resources funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and devoted to supporting English language learners and their families.
A New Federal Equity Agenda for Dual Language Learners and English Learners
More than 10% of U.S. students in pre‑K through 12th grade are English language learners. This report outlines policy reforms that would improve the graduation rates and work opportunities for these young people. The publication is particularly timely given that the omnibus federal education law — the Every Student Succeeds Act — is due for reauthorization.
The Impacts of State High School Policies and Graduation Requirements on Students Learning English
This report explores the educational challenges facing English language learners in high school. It identifies key state-level policies that support high-school completion — including graduation requirements, placements for new immigrant students and English-learning program design — and describes how these policies can uniquely impact students who are learning English. It also explores how states can provide English learners with high-quality educational experiences while still giving schools the flexibility to respond to local needs and circumstances.
Adapting Two-Generation Practices to Better Support Immigrant Families
This webinar series highlights strategies for strengthening two-generation programming for immigrant and refugee families. The webinars, available online, each tackle a different topic. Content covered includes:
- Building Trust: a discussion on building trust with immigrant and refugee communities. Speakers included representatives from Hispanic Unity of Florida, Denver Public Schools and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
- Working With Immigrant Families Regardless of Immigrant Status: a discussion on designing and implementing a two-generation program that serves immigrant families with members living in the U.S. without authorization. Speakers included representatives from Chicago Commons and On the Move.
- Growing Language Skills: a discussion on establishing clear and comprehensible communication as part of offering two-generation services to immigrant families. Speakers included representatives from CAP Tulsa and Charlotte Bilingual Preschool.
- Cultural Competence Secrets to Success: a discussion on connecting with and understanding the worldview of immigrant families. Speakers include representatives from the Arab American Family Support Center and the Family Partnership.