Heath Morrison, School Group President, McGraw-Hill Education published an article recently on how educators today are faced with serving increasingly more diverse classrooms. Each student brings unique perspectives, stories, and talents. This new generation of students is pushing themselves and even their educators to challenge the conventional ways of thinking, interacting, and learning. Morrison goes on to explain that today’s students don’t just have different experiences, backgrounds, and skill-sets, but they also have different degrees of needs when it comes to learning. Today’s educators must understand these needs in order to for them to be able to create learning tools and instructional plans for their students.

“English Learners (ELs) are the fastest growing population in education, and for many educators, effectively serving these students is a top priority. To help educators meet the needs of this growing population, McGraw-Hill Education recently released its English Learner (EL) Education Report. The report outlines key challenges educators face in EL education, identifies instructional opportunities, and provides an overview of the current K-12 EL landscape. As a group that’s passionate about the future of these children, we’re eager to share the findings in our report with education leaders to help them empower EL teachers and students moving forward.” – Heath Morrison

 

Some of the key findings Morrison mentions from the report are:

  1. Educators Seek More Professional Development- only 55% percent of respondents feel their school/district is providing enough professional development to support EL educators. This is especially true among newer educators with just 36% of them feeling they have received enough EL professional development and training.
  2. Family Involvement is Key to EL Student Success- it is not uncommon for the families of EL students to find it challenging when it comes to communicating with their child’s school or assisting them with homework as often times the families’ English is limited, too.
  3. Adative Learning Technology is Viewed as Effective in EL Instruction- 87% of those who responded to the survey feel adaptive learning tools/resources are effective. Unfortunately, only about 44% are currently using adaptive tools. Morrison mentions how adaptive technologies can provide a great advantage over other digital tools because they identify what a child knows, what the child still needs to learn, and what he/she should learn next.
  4. The Future is Bright for English Learners- 89% of those who responded to the survery feel optimistic about the continually improving academic performance of English Learners in their school/district.

Morrison goes into deatil about each of the above findings in his article. To read it in full, click here.

To download the full 2017 English Learner Education Report, visit: https://www.mheducation.com/prek-12/explore/2017-el-survey.html