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.
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?
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.
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.
English Learner Events
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.