English Learners in Secondary Schools: Trajectories, Transition Points, and Promising Practices

Event Date: 
April 21, 2021 - 03:30pm to 04:30pm EDT


English learners (ELs) at the secondary level who are approaching high school graduation face unique challenges. Curricular requirements including English language development classes, graduation requirements, and for some, special education can create complex scheduling challenges, and intricate accessibility issues.

As schools engage in articulation activities to determine student placement in the upcoming school year, it's important to identify and eliminate structural barriers that may pose challenges to ELs’ path towards graduation.

In this webinar we will discuss what research has shown about the academic trajectories of ELs at the secondary level, including the trajectories of newcomers, students who have been labeled long-term ELs, ELs with disabilities, and former ELs. We will explore structural barriers and discuss policies and practices that may potentially reduce these barriers, facilitate students’ full access to content, and promote their successful graduation.

Join presenters Dr. Ilana Umansky, University of Oregon; Dr. Karen Thompson, Oregon State University, and Dr. Aída Walqui, WestEd on April 21, 2021 at 3:30 pm ET.
A certificate of completion will be available to registered attendees who participate in at least 90% of the webinar time.