Midwest Event: Supporting English Learner Student Achievement

October 1, 2019

November 12, 2019

Time: 2:30–3:30 p.m. Central Time

Location: Virtual (webinar)

Description: This Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest and REL Southwest webinar will share strategies that schools and districts can use to promote academic success among English learner students. The webinar will include an overview of the findings from the REL Midwest study titled Student and school characteristics associated with academic performance and English language proficiency among English learner students in grades 3–8 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD). Presenters will discuss key findings from the report, including the finding that more positive student perceptions of school climate on some domains were associated with increased English proficiency ratings and that English learner students attending CMSD’s newcomer academy had more positive perceptions of student climate than English learner students attending other CMSD schools. Practitioner presenters from CMSD and Las Cruces Public Schools in New Mexico also will share reflections on and strategies that schools and districts can use to support English learner student success.

Partnership or Research Alliance: REL Midwest Cleveland Collaboration for English Learner Success and REL Southwest English Learners Research Partnership

Audience: The primary audience for this webinar will be principals, instructional coaches, teachers, district superintendents, district-level English learner student program staff, and state education staff.

Speakers:

  • Lyzz Davis, Ph.D., senior researcher, REL Midwest
  • José Gonzalez, Ed.S., executive director of Multilingual Multicultural Education Program, CMSD
  • Nubia Tarazona, Executive Director of Bilingual Education, Translation, Interpretation, and Community Outreach, Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Ge Ann Killgore, Coordinator for English Learner Programs, Las Cruces Public Schools
  • Rachel Garrett, Ph.D., senior researcher, REL Southwest and REL Midwest

Report Citation: Garrett, R., Davis, E., & Eisner, R. (2019.) Student and school characteristics associated with academic performance and English language proficiency among English learner students in grades 3–8 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (REL 2019–003). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest. Retrieved August 22, 2019, from https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/ midwest/pdf/REL_2019003.pdf.