Conexión Américas, in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute, is launching the Tennessee English Learner Network. Our goal is to create a statewide coalition of leaders, advocates, educators, parents, students, and allies in order to become better informed about English Learner policy and practice. In the coming months we will build a shared advocacy agenda and will provide regular updates with research, workshops, conferences, and opportunities to advocate on behalf of English Learners at the state and local level.
The goals of the English Learner Network are:
- To provide current research and information on English Learners – locally and nationally
- To provide data on the progress of English Learners in Tennessee
- To connect advocates and educators across the state to share strategies, ideas and best practices
- To develop and promote a shared policy platform on English Learners in order to promote their success in Tennessee
- To inform and promote policies on a range of issues that impact the success of English Learners
The English Learner Network officially launched on Friday December 2nd with a webinar entitled “English Learners and ESSA: What does it mean for Tennessee?” led by Delia Pompa. Pompa is a national expert on English Learner Education and the Senior Fellow for Education Policy at the Migration Policy Institute’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy. This webinar will help attendees understand the importance of the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act, and what it will mean for EL students in Tennessee. Find it here.