A Strong Start 2020 guide has been released by the Louisiana Department of Education to help school systems ensure that English Learners (ELs) continue to have equitable access to high-quality instruction across virtual, hybrid and traditional learning scenarios.
LDOE says the resource, like the Strong Start guidelines produced this summer, will help schools serve students who speak a language other than English.
"Every child deserves access to a quality education," said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley in a press release. "The pandemic created additional challenges in how we serve our English Learners, and these resources will provide guidance and support to our educators as they serve children and their families."
The Department says they developed the resource alongside teachers, system leaders and stakeholder organizations.
Some of the guidance includes:
- Identifying newly enrolled English Learners
- Communicating with families
- Preparing for supporting English Learner instruction
- Delivering supportive English Learner instruction in multiple settings
- Providing English Learner accommodations
- Frequently asked questions
"English Learners come from diverse backgrounds, both culturally and linguistically. They bring to their learning a vast set of experiences and knowledge-base as they engage in the learning process in a new language," LDOE says. "Louisiana believes ELs, like all other students, can achieve academic success through a clear and concise alignment of quality standards, instructional programs and resources, professional development and assessments."
The department says that English Learners comprise approximately 4 percent of all public school students in Louisiana.
The Department has created a library of resources to support ELs.
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