Creating Social Change for English Language Learners by Improving Access to Grade-level Instruction


Book description: The recent increase in immigration patterns in the United States has meant an increase in the number of children whose first language is not English entering American schools. Some reports indicate that as many as one in four students come from families where the language spoken in the home is not English. This book is focused on providing teachers access to credible information that will assist them understand the English language learner, develop effective strategies to teach English language learners, create effective learning environments and use assessments to meet the needs of English language learners as well as garner community resources to support for English language learners.

Chapter description: This chapter is a product of the ICI project known as Improving Instruction for English Learners Through Improved Accessibility Decisions. The chapter begins with various definitions of the term English learners and encourages teachers to see student characteristics as assets. The main purpose of the chapter is to show how collaboration can improve students’ academic learning opportunities. This collaboration takes many forms. It includes collaboration between educators and families, among educators, and between families and teachers. It also involves co-teaching and administrative support. Finally, the chapter explains how professional development can support social change and cultural relevance.

Suggested Citation

Mentan, C. F. T., Peterson, D., Wu, Y.-C., Liu, K. K., & O’Donnell, K. (2023). Creating social change for English language learners by improving access to grade-level instruction. In A. Esmail, A. Pitre, A. Duhon-Ross McCallum, J. Blakely, & H. P. Baptiste (Eds.), Literacy, vocabulary, and acculturation: A critical education triangle for English language learners (pp. 149–156). Rowman & Littlefield.


Book Chapter 
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers


  • Community life
    • Social inclusion
  • Educational accountability and assessment
    • Accessibility & Accommodations
    • English Learners
    • Instruction