Foreword by: Michael Fullan
Publication Date: June 22, 2018
Series: Language and Literacy Series
How do school communities create environments that fully prepare both English learners and dual-language learners for colleges and careers? This valuable book profiles six high-performing high schools that had a singular focus on improving the educational outcomes of English learners. The authors use these case studies to identify a comprehensive set of design elements and shared values that were key factors in yielding extraordinary results. These include a school-wide language development framework that integrates content, analytical practices, and language learning; a broad and dynamic view of assessment practices; intensive social-emotional support for students and their families; and mission-driven staff and leadership that maximize learning opportunities across classrooms. The practices employed in these schools are not only essential for English learners’ success but, as the performance data shows, they also benefit all students.
María Santos is the co-chair and senior advisor for leadership at Understanding Language, Stanford University and the director for school and district services at WestEd. Martha Castellón Palacios served as the former executive director of Understanding Language. Tina Cheuk is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University. Rebecca Greene is a linguistics and education researcher. Diana Mercado-Garcia is a doctoral candidate at Stanford University. Lisa Zerkel was a researcher at Understanding Language. Kenji Hakuta is emeritus professor at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and the co-chair of Understanding Language. Renae Skarin is an education researcher and directs the English Learner Success Forum.
"In sum, Preparing English Learners for College and Career offers hope that educators, school leaders, and policy makers can and will keep these lessons in mind as they propose the next wave of school reform and reorganization. Rather than advertising the latest remedy or the most recent intervention, Santos and colleagues provide an infrastructure upon which each community can overlay the resources and materials at hand to make the most effective program possible. Educators, leaders, and EL advocates in any community can come together over the lessons laid out in these pages, consider their unique context, and identify core areas on which to build to their strengths in order to create their own responsive infrastructure."
—Teachers College Record
"This is my kind of change book: clear and deep; causes one to think; and inspires the reader to what may be possible on a wide scale."
—From the Foreword by Michael Fullan, professor emeritus, University of Toronto
“While many high schools across the nation have had difficulty closing the substantial achievement gap between ELs and other students, there are some that have had extraordinary success in raising academic outcomes for English learners. The schools featured in this set of beautifully drawn case studies reveal how they managed to beat the odds for their students—and there is much to learn by looking closely at what made them so effective.”
—Lilly Wong Fillmore, professor, University of California, Berkeley
"This book is a rich resource for all educators driven to ensure that all multilingual learners are ready for college and career. The authors have provided concrete examples of high schools that have elevated the academic achievement for these learners. With a laser focus on these schools’ strategic vision, readers will learn how school teams realize and enact rigorous language and content development frameworks, provide social emotional learning opportunities for their students and core supports for teacher learning, and engage with community partnerships that amplify students’ academic and career opportunities."
— Angélica Infante-Green, deputy commissioner, Office of Instructional Support P-12 in New York State Education Department