This report focuses on the education of English learners (ELs) in the context of COVID-19. It begins by discussing the ways the COVID crisis has impacted ELs and their families. It then presents examples of successful strategies districts have used to support ELs in several areas, including instructional technology, filling gaps in ELs' access to technology, and language assistance for ELs' families. Most of this report is devoted to providing recommendations for how districts can support ELs amid the ongoing COVID crisis. The topics covered by these considerations and recommendations include (1) choosing and using instructional technology and learner assessments, (2) professional development in effective teaching strategies for educators who teach ELs, and (3) deploying EL specialists to ensure ELs have one-on-one or small-group learning support during online-only classes. It also emphasizes the importance of family engagement with parents and other relatives who are not fluent in English.
Teaching Methods and Strategies
Family and Community Involvement