As schools take in new English Learner students, resources and staff development will play a crucial role in how school districts adapt to their ever-changing student populations. It’s critical that educators have the appropriate language resources to help immigrant children and English Learners succeed.
Currently, Federal funding requested for dealing with children arriving by the thousands from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador will be focused on enforcement and deportation proceedings. But what kind of resources do schools have while children are settling into their community?
Resources will typically come from Title III funds that are dedicated to English Language Learners, since most children qualify. Lesli A Maxwell of EdWeek reports that while states are allowed to set aside up to 15% for recently-arrived immigrants, there is a “variation in how much is set aside for recent arrivals.” CA, NY and TX set aside 5-10% of their budgets for immigrant children.
Funding for schools is not agile enough to compensate for recent increase in immigrant students, it’s up to districts maximize their Title III budgets. Staff development and a reliable curriculum is one of the most cost effective ways to prepare for these incoming students. Increasing the cultural competency of your teachers and staff, empowers educators to be more confident when teaching to ELL students. While, expanding English Learner’s vocabulary and language proficiency aids in easing their transition into a new school and country.
The Latino Family Literacy Project™ offers a practical and sustainable English Learner curriculum. Providing teachers with valuable class materials and a framework that meets Title I and Title III state standards.
Our programs and workshops are comprehensive and easily implemented. With a focus on cultural competency, educators who attend our workshop will have our continued support throughout implementation.
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