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.
Roxana Norouzi (Co-chair), OneAmerica
Rosa Villarreal (Co-chair), Kent School District
Michele Aoki, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Argentina Back, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Pete Bylsma, Renton School District
Vickie Damon, Renton School District
Julie DeBolt, Auburn School District
Theresa Deussen, Education Northwest
Veronica Gallardo, Seattle Public Schools
Abderrazak Garoui, Kent School District
Sonja Griffin, Seattle Office of Education
Bernard Koontz, Highline School District
Dave Larson, Tukwila School District
Judy Lemmel, Federal Way School District
LiLi Liu, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Paul McCold, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jason Motamedi-Greenberg, Education Northwest
Isabel Muñoz-Colón, City of Seattle Office of Education
Jane Robb-Linse, Puget Sound Educational Service District
Nina “Will” Williams, Tukwila School District
Amy Liu, League of Education Voters
Tricia Valdez-Zontek, Heritage University
Jennifer Joseph Charles, Highline Community College
Claudia Rodriguez, Education Northwest
Alex Manuel, Professional Educator Standards Board
Paula Stienke, Childcare Resources
Laura DiZazzo, Seattle Central College
Cynthia Gaede, Green River Community College
Danielle Eidenberg-Noppe, Office of Education Ombudsman
Where ELL Students Attend School: Of the seven school districts in the Road Map Project region, the Tukwila School District has the highest percent of ELL students.