In the United States, currently 1 out of every 10 public school students is an English language learner. But too often these students do not receive the quality instruction they clearly need. In fact, only 63% of ELLs graduate from high school (the overall national rate is 82%).
These realities particularly concern Della Rodrigues, who teaches beginning English language learners at Kenmore Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. She’s committed to not only helping her students thrive but also sharing her strategies with other educators looking for new ideas and approaches.