On June 21, 2012, Maggie Severns gave a presentation on Illinois's strategy for young English language learners at the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) annual conference in Orlando, Florida. The presentation was based on Starting Early with English Language Learners: First Lessons From Illinois, a paper we published this spring.
After the presentation, both during the Q&A and throughout the panel, there was a lot of discussion about how to best support ELL students at different ages, not just in pre-K and the early grades, but in middle school and high school, too. School board members and state-level officials are clearly thinking long and hard about many of the same issues. Designing aligned, holistic programs for ELL's and recruiting great bilingual teachers were priorities voiced over and over again.
A PDF of the slides can be downloaded here or from the column at the right.