English Learners, Multilingual Learners, and Migratory Students bring rich cultural and linguistic assets to their school communities. However, persistent differences in academic achievement highlight the need to address opportunity gaps and accelerate learning for these students. Specialized knowledge, expertise, and systemic supports are essential in order to appropriately serve this growing population of students.
To help educators ensure access to high-quality instruction and build equitable systems in which all English Learners, Multilingual Learners, and Migratory Students can thrive, WestEd offers research, professional learning and services designed to strengthen learning outcomes.
By working directly with practitioners, English Learner and Migrant Education Services at WestEd partners with schools, districts, and states to:
- Understand the unique needs of English Learners, Multilingual Learners, and Migratory Students
- Address persistent opportunity gaps
- Design and deliver academically rigorous, culturally relevant instruction
- Create inclusive, strengths-based learning environments that recognize the cultural and linguistic assets of diverse student groups
- Provide access to education and health support services
- Build capacity through professional learning, comprehensive needs assessments, strategic improvement planning, and leadership development
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We have partnered with state, regional, and school district leaders nationwide to build organizational capacity for strategic resource use and systemwide improvement. Below, we highlight featured projects which illustrate the depth and breadth of our work.
Raising the Bar: English Learners in Colorado Thrive Under High Expectations
WestEd collaborated with the Greeley-Evans School District (CO) to develop a Master Plan for English Learner Success and implement an integrated approach to high-quality instruction for English Learners of all proficiency levels. Schools have seen impressive growth in academic performance.
Embracing the Challenge: How a Wisconsin Elementary School Radically Improved Its Performance
After identifying areas of need, WestEd helped Fort Howard Elementary to implement a multifaceted, whole-child approach to improvement. Find out how Fort Howard achieved an “Exceeds Expectations” score on the state accountability rating.
Developing Educator Expertise to Work with Adolescent English Learners Module 2 – The Language We Use to Talk about English Learners and Our Work
Through the modules in this series, the National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners promotes a thorough understanding the theories
Developing Educator Expertise to Work with Adolescent English Learners Module 1: Introduction to Key Constructs
Explore how to build a common knowledge base to provide coherence to the field of educating English Learners in secondary schools.
Chapter 3: Multilingual Programs and Pedagogy - What Teachers and Administrators Need to Know and Do
The fourth in the series, this archived webinar provides an overview of chapter 3 in the CDE publication, Improving Education for Multilingual and English Learner Students: Research to Practice, which offers guidance to teachers and administrators on conceptualizing, establishing, and improving multilingual programs and implementing research-based pedagogy in multilingual classrooms.
In this archived webinar, you will learn about the key features of the EQuIP resource, Toward NGSS Design, and hear examples of how educators, curriculum developers, and district leaders have used the EQuIP Rubric for Science to guide the development and evaluation of instructional materials.
Engaging in Professional Learning Using Grades Four Through Six English Language Development (ELD) Videos
This archived webinar provides examples of how to incorporate the California Department of Education's English Language Development videos into professional development programs designed for teachers of grades four through six.
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- Aída WalquiAída Walqui is the Director of the National Research and Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners. She has over five decades of experience improving the expertise of teachers and educational leaders to deepen and accelerate the linguistic and academic achievement of English Learners.View Full Bio
- Haiwen ChuHaiwen Chu is a Senior Research Associate with WestEd’s English Learner Services. He works with schools and districts directly to improve instruction for English learners while also contributing widely to the field of educational research.View Full Bio
- Molly Faulkner-BondMolly Faulkner-Bond is a Senior Research Associate with WestEd’s English Learner Services who collaborates with educators, researchers, and communities to strengthen the field of education research, increase the use and utility of educational research results, substantively impact teaching and learning, and improve educational outcomes for linguistically and culturally diverse learners.View Full Bio
- Pamela SpycherPamela Spycher is a Senior Research Associate with WestEd’s English Learner Services. She works to improve educational experiences and outcomes for students in preschool through high school by engaging educators at all levels of the system to improve educational access and equity.View Full Bio
- Debra BenitezDebra Benitez is the Director of Migrant Education Special Projects. She works to support educational leaders to better define organizational values, build capacity in systems change, and develop inclusive programming to address inequities and improve outcomes for migratory students and students served in special education.View Full Bio