April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Education, Justice Departments Release English Learner Tool Kit

ELLToolkit_smEducators have a new, free resource to help them provide quality instruction to English learners. The English Learner (EL) Tool Kit was created by the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice to help states, districts and schools meet their legal obligations to serving ELs.

The 10-chapter tool kit is a companion to an English Learner Guidance released by the two departments in January and includes resources on topics such as identifying ELs, delivering high-quality EL programs and evaluating whether those programs are successful. Other topics covered include avoiding unnecessary segregation, ensuring that EL students have equal access to programs and activities, and transitioning EL students out of EL programs at the right time.

“This tool kit—along with the guidance we released in January—can serve as a critical resource for educators in their work with English learners to help ensure that all students have a chance to succeed in school, careers and life,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a press release. According to the ED, about 10 percent of all public school students—over five million—are ELs.

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SLJ contributor Linda Jacobson is an education writer and editor based in the Los Angeles area.