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English Language Learner Work Group

The Road Map Project English Language Learner (ELL) Work Group works to build systems-level change that will shift education structures to reflect a more equitable system for ELL students in the Road Map Project region as well as Washington State. ELL students consistently score far below their peers on all core content state standards and only half of ELL students graduate from high school state-wide. The work of this group includes: identifying high pay-off strategies that will close the opportunity gap for ELL students; creating and implementing an ELL action plan for the Road Map Project region; sharing best practices between Road Map Project districts, working with early learning and higher education to create stronger pathways for ELL students; and advocating for local and state policy changes relevant to ELL students. The work group is comprised of representatives from school districts, community-based organizations, research institutions, early learning, higher education and state education departments.

In December 2013, the work group completed the first version of the ELL Action Plan and Implementation Toolkit. At the start of January 2014, the group launched the implementation phase of the action plan, using the implementation toolkit as a guide and resource. As the implementation phase develops, changes and revisions may be added to the action plan and toolkit.

In addition to completing the action plan in 2013, the work group has secured several victories for ELL students in the region. These include: implementing policies and practices in all seven Road Map Project school districts to allow students to earn competency-based credit for knowledge of their home language (see the World Language Credit Program), leading the fight to secure $18.8 million in new state dollars for extra support to ELL students who are in transition (level 4s), and gaining funding to provide more than 80 ELL endorsements to teachers and principals in the Road Map Project region.


Chelsea Whealdon (Staff), OneAmerica
Roxana Norouzi (Staff), OneAmerica
Afi Tengue, Reading Partners
Alexandra Manuel-Davis, Professional Educators Standards Board
Anna Van Windekens, University of Washington
Angelica Alvarez, Highline Public Schools Board of Directors
Bernard Koontz, Highline School District
Danielle Eidenberg-Noppe, Office of Education Ombuds
Dania Nuño, Student and Youth Advocate, Highline Community College
Danika Martinez, Seattle Education Access
Dave Larson, Tukwila School District Board of Directors
Jane Robb-Linse, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Argentina Back, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Jason Greenberg-Motamedi, Education Northwest
Judy Lemmel, Federal Way Public Schools
Jackie Myers, Auburn School District
Kirstin Percy Calaff, Highline Public Schools
Linda Hoste, Renton School District
Liliya Stefoglo, Tukwila School District
Laura DiZazzo, Seattle Central College
Lisette Llorena, Federal Way Parent Advocate, Empowered Families Alliance (EFA)
Molly Moss, Renton School District
Manka Varghese, University of Washington College of Education
Maribel Montes De Oca, OneAmerica
Michele Aoki, Seattle Public Schools
Nina “Will” Williams, Kent School District
Nimco Bulale, OneAmerica
Paula Steinke, SOAR
Regina Elmi, Somali Parent Education Board (SPEB)
Samantha Nelson, Renton Technical College
Stephanie Jones, Communities and Parents for Public Schools
Teddi ‘Beam-Conroy, Heritage University
Teresa Garcia, Federal Way Parent Advocate, Empowered Families Alliance (EFA)
Theresa Deussen, Education Northwest
Tony Vo, White Center Community Development Association
Veronica Gallardo, Seattle Public Schools
Victoria Moreland, Professional Educator Standards Board


Chelsea Whealdon, OneAmerica
Contact: chelsea@weareonamerica.org / 206.452.8419