Summer 2013: No. 37
English Language Learners: Shifting to an Asset-Based Paradigm / Estudiantes del Idioma Inglés: Valorizando los Aportes Que Brindan

Rather than viewing educating English language learners as a problem, this issue calls for embracing and valuing ELLs as bicultural, bilingual leaders of the future.

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Guest editor Rosann Tung describes the goal of VUE 37

AISR Director of Research and Policy and guest editor Rosann Tung describes the shift to an asset-based paradigm and what it would take to make this approach the new normal.

Read Rosann's VUE 37 preface.


Innovations in Educational Equity for English Language Learners

Rather than view educating English language learners as a problem, the innovative practitioners, scholars, and policy analysts writing in this issue of VUE urge us to embrace and value ELLs as bicultural, bilingual leaders of the future.

Language as the Lever for Elementary-Level English Language Learners

Bilingual education should be seen not as a remedial program for immigrant students, but as an enrichment program to help all students, including native English speakers, to be competitive in a global marketplace.

Educación Bilingüe a Nivel de Escuela Secundaria / Dual-Language Education at the High School Level

A dual-language program at one high school aims to send the message: “We value all of who you are – both languages are equally important.”

Newcomer High School Students as an Asset: The Internationals Approach

In a practitioner-led high school model serving new immigrant students, all teachers simultaneously support both language and content, and students are taught in groups of heterogeneous English proficiency levels.

Early Literacy, Family Engagement, and Cultural Competence: District Priorities in Clark County, Nevada

Engaged families and community members, along with culturally competent and data-savvy teachers and principals, are key goals in a district with a burgeoning English language learner population.

Supporting Families and Developing Parent Advocates and Leaders among the Immigrant Chinese Community in Boston

A community organization provides integrated services to immigrant families, grounded in their culture and language, to help parents build on their strengths and support the family’s education, health, and social needs.

High-ELL-Growth States: Expanding Funding Equity and Opportunity for English Language Learners

The growing numbers of English language learners across the country provide an opportunity for state policymakers and education leaders to invest in and reap the benefits of a well-educated, culturally competent workforce.