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This resource provides descriptions of current thinking and efforts to meet English language learners (ELLs) needs, such as the Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) program. These efforts are contrasted with historical and political perspectives on ELL education and bilingualism, e.g., No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA). The article concludes with reflection on the current status of ELL education in relation to these historical perspective and current college- and career-ready expectations.
This resource is of high quality, describing instructional principles related to raising overall achievement and closing the achievement gap, particularly for ELLs. It clearly communicates its message through accessible language and presentation style. This resource would be useful to school site and district educators working to develop and implement effect educational programs for ELL learning. Based on the scope of information this resource provides about ELL learning needs, it also has the potential to positively and effectively improve ELL learning.