Outlines the characteristics of English language learners, the need for targeted solutions to the achievement gap between ELLs and English-proficient students, and suggestions for funders, including integrating ELL strategies across education portfolios.
- Observation: One in ten pre-K-12 students are ELLs, or more than 5,300,000 students
- Observation: ELL populations are widely diverse, so effective solutions must be targeted to particular ELL groups
- Observation: Funders can fill an important role as purveyors of information, educating the public on who ELLs are, why their success matters, and how that success can be achieved
- Observation: Grantmakers can assist in preparing the education systems at the classroom, school, and district levels by engaging leadership to prioritize ELL issues and supporting professional development for in-service teachers
- Observation: Grantmakers can promote family and community engagement by supporting family literacy programs, use of technology, and community-based advocacy around ELL issues