Schools today are being challenged to educate an unprecedented number of incoming, undocumented immigrants, all speaking many different languages. They are tasked with doing so quickly and effectively, so these new English Language Learners (ELLs) don’t lose ground when it comes to gaining college and career readiness.
A recent article in Education Week points out that “an estimated 39,000 immigrant children will enter the United States as unaccompanied minors this federal fiscal year, according to a recent analysis from the Migration Policy Institute, a Washington-based research group.” Many schools will be flooded with an influx of these children and strapped for the resources and time to educate this group.
With federal policy forbidding schools to turn students away, this issue will continue to persist. Teachers and administrators are addressing challenging questions:
- How can we help these children feel like they are part of a community?
- How do we boost their skillset and confidence in English speaking?
- How do we bridge the gaps in the formal education students have received prior to entering the US?
Educators need powerful curriculum programs and tools to close the learning gap and support ELL students of all reading levels. To help address the impact that immigrants will have on school systems across the country, McGraw-Hill Education offers a Comprehensive Language and Spanish Reading Solution.
To learn more about seven program options for powering ELL literacy, watch this webinar: Educating America’s Immigrant Children: The McGraw-Hill Comprehensive Solution.