Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools


Authored by Getting Smart, with contributions from Bonnie Lathram, Carri Schneider and Tom Vander Ark

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Almost five million students in the public education system are English Language Learners. Reaching all of America’s students includes meeting the needs of diverse learners that possess a wide variance in skills, backgrounds, cultures and family supports.

To highlight existing technological tools and illuminate gaps in the field, Supporting English Language Learners with Next-Gen Tools illuminates key learnings from over 25 experienced English Language Learner (ELL) educators, experts, education technology leaders and thought leaders across the United States.

It also provides a landscape overview of English language tools and supports gathered from 39 companies and organizations that support ELLs including content providers, ELL-specific solutions and communication tools.

This publication also describes 10 Elements of Next-Gen English Language Learning which includes:

  • Policy and educational leadership support of bilingual and multilingual learning;
  • Strong cultural advocacy and asset-based instruction;
  • EdTech investments and digital tools that support language learning; and
  • Inclusion of student interests and goals into instruction through personalized learning.

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