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California’s diverse population speaks dozens of different languages. That diversity contributes to the best parts of our state – a vibrant culture, innovative spirit, and strong economy.

The same is true in California’s schools, where one in five public school students is learning English on top of the language(s) they speak at home. Everyone involved in our schools has a responsibility to make sure English Learners have access to the opportunities and supports they need to thrive in school. Fortunately, California’s English Learner Roadmap provides a clear path for this to happen, and a series of federal and state laws outline the basic rights of English learner students and their families in school. 

The Education Trust–West has created three resources to help families and other community members learn about California’s vision for educating English learners, start conversations with their schools, and understand English learners’ rights:

What is California’s English Learner Roadmap?

The English Learner Roadmap lays out a vision for what districts and schools need to do to support English Learner students and their families.

A new resource from ETW, What is California’s English Learner Roadmap?, breaks down the basics of the Roadmap and the role that everyone involved in California’s schools and districts should play in bringing it to life.

10 Questions to Ask Your School and District about California’s English Learner Roadmap

The English Learner Roadmap’s vision relies on everyone involved in California’s schools to take action. Find out what your district is doing to support English Learner students now with our guide, 10 Questions to Ask Your School and District about California’s English Learner Roadmap!

 

English Learners Have Rights!: An Advocacy Guide for Parents and Other Stakeholders

English learner students and their families have unique rights, from receiving language support services to helping make school and district decisions. English Learners Have Rights!: An Advocacy Guide for Parents and Other Stakeholders, another new resource from ETW, explains the rights that advocates – including parents, administrators, and educators – should know about.

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