The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners

The educational and economic success of children of immigrants is strongly affected by their parents’ English language abilities.  This report shares highlights from several innovative community projects that target student and working-age immigrants: community schools with wraparound services for students, family literacy programs where parents learn language and digital literacy skills in the same schools as their children, free preschools featuring ELL curricula, extended day/learning time programs with vigorous support systems, peer-to-peer mentoring between English Language Learning families, career pathways programs that feature ongoing mentoring, and one school district that requires ELL credentialing for all of their teachers.  All of these models lead to increased gains in English acquisition and community engagement.

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