This handbook is presented with the goal of achieving increased academic outcomes and the lifelong success of English Learners. It is designed to support school leaders who are working with students across the state speaking languages other than English. The handbook was created in collaboration with the Illinois Association of School Boards, Illinois Principals Association, Illinois Association of School Administrators, and Latino Policy Forum. Along with extensive research and legal guidance, the handbook honors the voices of English Learner educators throughout the state who are providing examples of best practice each and every day.
This brief highlights factors influencing the bilingual/ESL teacher shortage in Illinois. It brings to the forefront practitioner voices in addressing this challenge and uses their insights to create recommendations for both policy and practice.
Through advocacy and analysis, the Latino Policy Forum builds a foundation for equity, justice and economic prosperity for the Latino community. By catalyzing policy change, the Forum works to improve education outcomes, advocate for affordable housing, promote just immigration policies and strengthen community leadership.
The Education Team of the Latino Policy Forum envisions Latino children across the educational continuum have equitable educational opportunities.
Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro, PhD
Director of Education Policy and Research