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Note from the editor

Dear readers,

As students nationwide reacclimate to full-time, in-person learning, English learners remain a particular focus due to the disporportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School closures highlighted a variety of pre-existing challenges that must still be addressed, including a higher likelihood of living in homes that lack access to devices or reliable internet, as well as the impacts of food insecurity, unstable home environments, working parents and language barriers.

The latter factors make reengaging this student group and establishing and maintaining consistent lines of communication with their families especially challenging, as some migrant families also move seasonally.

Still, educators nationwide have strived to innovate and overcome these hurdles, developing best practices along the way. To help you get up to speed, K-12 Dive will keep this page up to date with new English learner trends and developments throughout the year. Here are some recent highlights from our coverage.


Roger Riddell Editor

How will pandemic learning impact graduation rates long-term?

• Published Oct. 6, 2021

7 strategies to prevent chronic absenteeism in the return to school

Low attendance may indicate positive learning conditions are missing and interventions are needed, said panelists during a Wednesday webinar.

• Published Sept. 30, 2021

SEL, extra interaction time crucial for EL success in return to classrooms

• Published Aug. 25, 2021

Ed Dept resource examines how schools can use ARP funds to address learning loss

• Published Sept. 1, 2021

Improving academic outcomes for english learning students

English learners are among the student groups most disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While school closures highlighted pre-existing challenges for these groups, educators nationwide have strived to innovate and transcend these hurdles, seeing some progress along the way.

included in this trendline
  • Review of 41 California districts finds lack of adequate EL learning continuity plans
  • Ed Dept report documents pandemic's toll on underserved students
  • Analysis: Detailed, frequent chronic absenteeism data can inform interventions
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Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.