Did you know there are nearly 5 million English language learners (ELLs) in U.S. public schools today? In California alone, there are over 2,280,000 Ever-ELs and over 175,000 Newcomers and it is projected that by 2025, 1 in 4 students in the U.S. will be identified as an ELL. As teachers and administrators, we will need to stay ahead in providing the best tools for integrating student learning both in and outside our classrooms. Which begs the question, “How will we equip ourselves to address the diverse cultural/emotional/linguistic/digital needs of our ELLs/newcomers?” 

According to the World Economic Forum, more than 65% of students will work in jobs that don’t even exist today.¹ Equipping ALL students for a Future-Ready education will be our greatest endeavor. Building a top English Language Development (ELD) program for future-readiness begins with an understanding that ELD is NOT a program but a mindset, and that what teachers and English learners do, must go beyond worksheets.

One of the questions that I am often asked is, “What EdTech tools do you recommend for me and my English learners?” There are over ten different English learner typologies (e.g. EVER-ELs, Generation 1.5, Transitionals, SLIFEs, etc.) that we will encounter in our classrooms. Understanding the vast variety of English learner typologies is vital for meeting the needs of our students at whatever stage of their language development.  

Join me on March 23, 2021, at 7:00 pm (PST) as we dive into some practical tools for working with English learners.

Join Efraín on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at 7:00 pm for his session “Essential EdTech Tools for Future-Ready Teachers of ELLs.” Register for Virtual Spring CUE today at cue.org/spring!

Efraín Tovar the E.L.D. Department Chair | 7th-8th Grade Newcomers/ELD II, Computer Science, Digital Media Arts Teacher at Abraham Lincoln Middle School in Selma, CA. Efraín has 25 years in education ranging from elementary to university. Tovar is a frequent speaker at local, state, national, and international conferences, addressing how to utilize technology to meet the linguistic/digital needs of second language learners and their parents. He is the founder of @CAellchat, a global Professional Learning Network for teachers who teach second language learners, and the California Newcomer Network, whose mission is to connect, equip, and empower CA’s passionate educational leaders who work with Newcomers. Efraín currently serves as Vice-President on the Central Valley Computer Using Educators (@CVCUE) Board and is a Book Creator Ambassador, Google for Education Certified Innovator and Trainer. You can follow him on Twitter @efraintovarjr, @CAellchat, and @CalNewcomer.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.