Back to School for ELs After COVID-19 (English Learners Success Forum, May 2020)

What will going back to school look like for the country’s 4.8 million English learners, many of whom are currently unable to access remote learning during school closure?  Many families of ELs may have lost jobs or suffered from the virus itself, unable to send remittances to loved ones living in other countries, and many older ELs themselves are putting school aside to work or help care for younger siblings.  When ELs return to school, how should schools reinvent their practices in order to better serve them?  This post outlines four recommendations to schools and districts to consider in preparation for reopening schools and supporting ELs.