How to Support Your District’s English Language Learners

September 05, 2019
Eleni student

More than 36 languages are spoken at Emmett J. Conrad High School in Dallas, which has a large population of students who are from families granted refuge or asylum. While it’s common to have English learner (EL) students in today’s classrooms, educators say they are struggling now more than ever to fulfill the academic and social-emotional needs of this increasingly diverse student group. 

Teachers cite a lack of high-quality instructional materials that support students' language and academic needs, while at the same time providing the rigor to stay on grade-level. As a result, there is still a persistent achievement gap. EL students consistently graduate at a lower rate than their English-speaking peers, achieve lower literacy scores and are more likely to struggle with math.

Students at Emmett J. Conrad High School have the opportunity to combat these odds with the use of digital curriculum to personalize learning. EL students are able to augment their learning with scaffolds and support to build content mastery and focus on areas where they need the most help. The district offers Apex Learning Tutorials to support student success on high stakes exams like the TSI Assessment and Texas STAAR to pass a course the first time and to prepare them for college level coursework.

“When you work hard enough, you can achieve anything,” said Eleni, a recent graduate and Apex Learning Tutorials student from Emmett J. Conrad High School. “People think it’s unlikely we will succeed because we are immigrants, but we are proof that no matter our differences, we can be successful. My mom calls it a miracle. I didn’t speak any English when we arrived, and now I want to become a doctor. When you work hard enough and see that you are supported, you can achieve anything.” 

Seizing the Opportunity

Apex Learning digital curriculum provides English learners with the foundation needed to excel in school and beyond, while also raising districts’ performance and community standing. This can be a challenging, time-consuming task for a district to accomplish alone, but it can be made simply and efficiently by joining forces with a partner committed to building a path to success for all students. To learn more about our English language learner programs, visit: https://www.apexlearning.com/ell

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