In January 2016 a 19 person team was appointed by the Rhode Island Senate known as the Ocean State World Language Learning Commission. Under the direction of Senator Juan Pichardo our team is tasked with studying the impact of the state school funding formula on English language learners, dual language learners and multi-language learners. We are also tasked with making recommendations on how to position Rhode Island as a national leader in language learning as outlined in the Rhode Island Roadmap to Language Excellence.
As Senator Pichardo stated, “Rhode Island has an opportunity to capitalize on a great resource, a multilingual citizenry which can help position Rhode Island as a national leader in language learning and position the state as an economic leader and compete in a global society.”
We have a great opportunity to take a lead role on the national scene regarding the education of language learners and on Sunday night we are going to utilize one of our state’s best platforms for learning and communication, #EdChatRI.
The data has shown that our English Language Learning population of students is growing and it is no longer just isolated to the Urban communities, so come join us Sunday night at 8 pm, where you can find out how to better serve our ELs and how to better prepare our teachers.
Don Miller -