Imagine a public education system that uplifts, honors, and cultivates the native language, cultures, and identities of Dual Language Learner (DLL) and English learner (EL) students. When considering improved student outcomes in California, we must be deliberate about how the successful academic achievement of DLL and EL students is included in these considerations.
As an Advisory Board member for The Consortium for English Learner Success, Early Edge California is proud to share the collective’s 2020-21 Policy Agenda which highlights the needs and assets of DLL and EL students in California as a framework for advocacy to improve their educational access, quality, and outcomes in Los Angeles and across the state.
In California, nearly three decades of anti-immigrant policies have catalyzed an emerging era where the cultural and linguistic assets of DLL and EL students are increasingly embraced in law, policy, and attitudes. This policy agenda builds on the passage of recent policies, such as Proposition 58 and the California English Learner Roadmap, which uplift and develop an English learner’s home language.
Read the full policy agenda for more information about California’s DLL and EL population and an examination of how to close DLL and EL opportunity gaps as well as the Consortium’s policy values, priorities, and encompassing recommendations for supporting DLLs and ELs at the local and state level.