Creating New Possibilities for Multilingual Learners in the Next ESEA Authorization

Friday February 9, 2024
9:30 - 10:30 AM

How did ESSA create new possibilities for English learners and the educators and leaders who serve them to reach their potential? How can the next reauthorization of ESEA create even more possibilities? This session will feature a panel discussion among federal and state policymakers and researchers about successes under ESSA, what we’ve learned, and how to build on that progress in the next ESEA reauthorization. Panelists will share research findings, gaps, and policy considerations related to key topics such as access and expansion of multilingual programs, the inclusion of EL students in state and local accountability, policies for exiting from EL status, and the evolution of the English learner label itself. Through engagement with one another and the audience, panelists will offer ideas about what state and district leaders can do now to realize ESSA’s policy goals for EL students, as well as how leaders can advocate for EL students and educators in the law’s next iteration.

In-person Lecture
district leaders
diversity, equity, inclusion