Unlocking Learning Acceleration for Multilingual Learners

It’s time to supercharge nationwide efforts to harness multilingualism as a “superpower”so every young person thrives. 

Multilingual Learners (MLs) represent the fastest-growing student population in our nation’s schools. With diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, MLs bring unique assets, or superpowers, that can propel them forward and enrich the entire educational ecosystem. But for too long, they have been among the most underserved student populations, grappling with significant resource gaps at every level. 

As federal dollars wind down, how can schools and districts strategically and sustainably center the unique needs of MLs? 

Over the last few years, the influx of Emergency Relief Funds (ESSER) has provided a much-needed lifeline for schools to accelerate learning after the pandemic. Our latest report, Unlocking Learning Acceleration for Multilingual Learners, provides a comprehensive analysis of innovative and impactful strategies deployed to support the success of MLs, largely made possible by leveraging federal funds.

What we believe schools and systems can do to supercharge ML success: 

1. Explicitly target and prioritize MLs in the vision for student success.

2. Prioritize and create systems for authentic engagement with and leveraging the expertise of community voices across language and culture.

3. Develop educators with an asset-based approach to students’ multiple identities, including cultural and linguistic identities, and equip them with strategies to integrate language and content instruction.

4. Implement systems that collect key data on MLs and make data easily accessible for educators and communities. 

To learn more, download the report.

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TNTP is the nation’s leading research, policy, and consulting organization dedicated to transforming America’s public education system, so that every generation thrives.

Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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