Breaking Language Barriers: An Effective ELL Approach

August 24, 2015 | Education Week Blog: Education Futures

In one of the most ethnically diverse regions in California, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) serves thousands of students, many of whom do not speak English as their first language. The educators at one of OUSD's campuses, Manzanita Community School, have worked tirelessly to ensure they are able to reach, engage and excite English Language Learners (ELLs), like never before. Through their efforts, teachers at Manzanita have seen double digit Lexile growth in more than 90% of their students, much larger gains in their ELL population.

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