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Live From Summit 2016: The Time is Now for ELL Edtech Tools

Esther Tricoche, Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, moderated a session examining the rapidly changing demographics in the US. The panel of leaders who joined her included:

  • Jordan Meranus, Co-founder and CEO of Ellevation Education
  • Mirta Desir, CEO and Founder of Smart Coos
  • Roberto Gutiérrez, President of Latino Educational Equity Partnerships
  • Jenny Ancheta-Garcia, Associate Trainer for The Sobrato Family Foundation

The panelists explored how schools can best serve English Language Learners and what the edtech market can do to meet this demand.

It was noted that there is a place for edtech tools, however those tools need to not only promote isolated work, but rather multi-language and multi-student interactions. Dual language is essential to education– education leaders need to completely move away from English only programs and shift how they view language in society so that multiple languages are celebrated and viewed as important.

It is the teachers’ job to help families embrace their native language. Dual Language instruction is becoming the preferred way to approach ELLs because it engages them on a cultural and intellectual level.


One Response to “Live From Summit 2016: The Time is Now for ELL Edtech Tools”

  1. My cofounder, Lilah Ambrosi and I attended NSVF Summit last week. Thank you SO much for addressing subtractive models of educating English language learners. We agree wholeheartedly with Roberto Gutierrez and support only HIGH quality additive 90-10 dual language models. In fact add.a.lingua encourages K-12 systems to recognize English language learners as their greatest asset. Rather than a subgroup labeled as a liability, ELLs and their varied linguistic backgrounds may be the potential solution to not only the achievement gap, but also to the lack of linguistic preparedness of high school graduates. Despite our large population of ELLs, only 1% of adults who learned a language other than English in U.S. classrooms are proficient bilinguals. By designing and supporting educational models that place achievement in Spanish or Chinese literacy at the center of learning, we can promote multilingualism and prepare ALL students for a variety of cross-cultural academic and professional contexts beyond high school. We’d love to continue talking…in multiple languages.

    Stacey Vanden Bosch
    co-founder, add.a.lingua

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