Supporting English Learners After the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

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04/04/2024 - 3:00 PM EDT

On April 4, 2024 The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) hosted a webinar on the need for increased support of English learners (ELs) after the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar summarized the existing documented impacts of COVID-19 on ELs and focused on ways in which local educational agencies (LEAs) and state educational agencies (SEAs) can provide enhanced support for ELs post-pandemic.

Webinar attendees reflected on how their individual LEAs and SEAs experienced these impacts for their own ELs and will discuss evidence-based practices that could increase language development and academic achievement for ELs in a post-pandemic educational climate.

  • Amaya Garcia, Director of PreK-12 Research and Practice with the Education Policy program at New America 
  • Dr. Megan Hopkins, Associate Professor, University of California, San Diego, co-advisor to the EL Collaborative of the Council of Chief State School Officers 
  • Dr. Karen Thompson, Associate Professor, Oregon State University 
  • Dr. Kelsey Krausen, Director, Strategic Resource Allocation and Systems Planning, WestEd
  • Samuel Klein, Supervisor, The Office of English Learners, Arlington Public Schools in Virginia


Power Point (PDF)