English Learners

We partner with school districts to design intentional programs, culturally relevant curricula, and innovative instructional practices that help English learner students develop the academic language skills they need to succeed in school. We also work with various stakeholders to develop and improve programs for English learner students.

Services

Implementation

Standards guide teaching and learning. This means school systems must have high expectations for English learner students and engage them with compelling, grade-appropriate language and content. Education Northwest can help you build the capacity of teachers and administrators to set high standards for English learner students, support them, and ensure they can realize their full potential.

Program Evaluation

Understanding how your program is working is key to continuous improvement. We will partner with you to evaluate your English learner programs. As part of this process, we will examine various areas to answer important questions: How are your curricula implemented and your data gathered? What are your reclassification patterns? What supports are in place for newcomer students? Do English learner students and their families feel welcomed at your schools?

Professional Learning

Education Northwest has deep experience working with education systems to develop and implement professional learning tailored specifically to the needs of a school or district. The professional learning can be geared toward teachers, English language development specialists, or both, and it will focus on various topics, such as proficiency standards, shifts in instructional practices, and curriculum alignment.

Instructional Coaching

Education Northwest can assist your language development specialists and mainstream teachers with ongoing, focused instructional coaching. We take an asset-driven approach to coaching—we encourage teachers to leverage their skills to build capacity in the practices that will make a difference for English learner students, ultimately helping them make meaning of content and learn the academic language they need to succeed in school.

Consultation

We can help you design English learner programs that both address the specific needs of your school or district and follow the requirements established in Castañeda v. Pickard (specifically, evidence-based programs for English language development and access to academic content). We also provide consultation services to help your team implement and evaluate English learner programs.

Resources

Parent Guide for English Learners—English and Spanish versions

For families of English learners there is a lot to know, including how their children are: identified as English learners, taught English and other subjects, and designated as proficient in academic English and moved out of English learner services.

"The Parent Guide for English Learners" gives you basic information about each of these topics. It will help you talk with your child’s school, ask the right questions, and support your child on their journey as an English learner. English and Spanish versions are available.

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English Learner Events

Portrait of Tim Blackburn

Tim Blackburn
Practice Expert

Tim works as a senior advisor on projects focused on English learners, classroom instruction, and equity. He received his B.A. in Spanish from Kansas State University, and then served as an environmental educator in Guatemala. Prior to joining EdNW, Tim worked at ODE where he designed and delivered professional learning for supporting English learners in the CCSS.