Closing the achievement gap for EL – getting it right from the start

Session recording from Wednesday 5th December

In this 45 minute webinar (+15 minutes Q&A), our English Language Learner and Equity experts wdiscuss how schools that have sought an objective understanding of their strengths and weaknesses, are implementing strategies that tackle English Learner achievement gaps and improve academic outcomes across the board.

Using specific examples, we cover the following: 

  • Addressing equity as a primary focus; identifying reasons for under-achievement
  • The current equity agenda and the 5 priorities to ensure equity
  • How to make sure your EL response is strong from the very start
  • Responding to the five principles of equity
  • The role of deep-dive school reviews in formulating appropriate, effective and sustainable action plans that sit in line with the school's values
  • Ensuring your action plans impact student outcomes.


Your presenters:

Jo Cheadle, Vice President, Class Measures
Passionate educator with over 30 years of experience. Twelve years in the US, working in more than 20 states. Vast leadership experience, specializing in school and district transformation, and equitable access for diverse student populations. Confident and articulate. Team builder. Team Leader. Strategic and divergent thinker.

Pedro NogueraDistinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
Pedro is one of the country's most important voices on education reform, diversity, and the achievement gap. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

Amy Proulx, EL Specialist, Class Measures 
Highly experienced team leader, coach, coordinator and mentor. Successfully developed and facilitated professional development sessions on topics ranging from writing ELD objectives and integrating with content to analyzing student work to inform practice and targeted supports.

Elizabeth Wall-Macht
Class Measures – Culture and Diversity Specialist
Passionate educator determined to do right by students, families, and teachers by ensuring all learners have equitable educational access that promotes agency and prepares them for life in the world. Qualified by 34 years of leadership and classroom experience at University and District level with broad exposure to all facets of education. Creator of culturally relevant pedagogy.