Overcoming Challenges for K-12 English Language Learners

Posted by Philadelphia Education Fund on October 2, 2017

Join us for breakfast on October 5th
as we discuss:

Help Me Understand: Overcoming Challenges for K-12 English Language Learners

Each day, after school, thousands of Philadelphia School District students transition to one of more than 100 languages when arrive home. Within those numbers is a fast-growing sub-population of English Language Learners – students with limited English proficiency and therefore for whom communicating and learning in English is challenging.

This is not just a challenge for Philadelphia’s public school students, but a rising national issue. As reported by the National Education Association, by the year 2025, nearly a quarter of America’s schoolchildren will be English Language Learners.

How can we, in Philadelphia, best meet the needs of our English Language Learners? What strategies are working? And, for whom? Why are some students getting left behind, while others make progress? What can research tell us? And, what is it that we still don’t understand?


Dr. Shawn Bird
Chief Schools Officer
School District of Philadelphia

Dr. Ruth Curran Neild
Philadelphia Education Research Consortium

Ellen Somekawa
Executive Director
Folk Arts-Cultural Treasures Charter School

Avi Wolfman-Arent
Education Reporter


Farah Jimenez
President and CEO
Philadelphia Education Fund

Thursday, October 5, 2017

FREE Breakfast and Registration

Philadelphia Education Fund
First Floor Conference Rooms
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Program Schedule:
* 7:45 – 8:00am Networking and Breakfast
* 8:00 – 9:30am Program
* 9:30 – 10:00am Q&A

RSVPs are strongly encouraged. Space may be limited.


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