Historically, Oregon has left an entire population of students behind, and it also happens to be our fastest growing student population: English Language Learner (ELL) students. Thankfully, we’re finally doing something significant about it, and you can be a big help in this effort!
ELL students and their families contribute significantly to our state’s economy, yet state policies have generally lacked the urgency and efficacy to boost academic outcomes for ELL students.
Oregon’s ELL student population has grown to 57,153. Oregon’s data show that our education system is not serving our ELL students well.
- Only 51% of ELL students graduate high school on time, compared to 75% of non-ELL students;
- By the end of 8th grade, 5% of ELL students met the standards in English Language Arts and math;
- Just 12% of ELL students met the English Language Arts and math standards by the end of 4th grade.
What’s unfortunate is that ELL students have shown that they can outperform state averages in college attendance and completion when given high-quality instruction and supports. Oregon ‘s 57,000+ ELL students have the potential to be engineers, to be teachers, to be entrepreneurs. They can, and will contribute, great things to our state’s workforce. We just need to ensure they get the high-quality education opportunities that they deserve.
Fortunately, in 2015, our communities fought for and passed House Bill 3499 –90 to 0. This statewide legislation was signed into law to address the inequities facing ELL students, including $12.5 million in new targeted state funding. In the near future, state efforts to increase support for ELL programs in K-12 schools will begin, and districts will be identified for comprehensive interventions to improve outcomes for ELL students.
That is why our friends at APANO, PCUN, Salem-Keizer Coalition for Equality, Northwest Health Foundation, Chalkboard Project and other ELL advocates have put together this wonderful opportunity for organizers and ELL parents to come together for discussion, workshops, and strategy sessions on how to continue to advocate to ensure these programs are implemented with the most impact for ELL students.
What: 2016 Oregon ELL Parent and Organizers Summit
When: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 | 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Where: PCUN Farmworkers Union, 300 Young Street, Woodburn, Oregon 97071
Who: Parent and community organizers interested in learning and working together to advocate for better K-12 ELL programs!
5:00 PM Light Dinner
5:30 PM Welcome & Introductions
5:45 PM State of Oregon ELL & HB 3499
6:00 PM Strategy & Organizing Dialogue
8:00 PM Closing and Next Steps Cost: Free
Childcare, interpretation and dinner are provided.
Please register for the event by August 17th, 2016.
For more information, please contact Jeanice Chieng, APANO Education Justice Manager (971) 340-4861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.