Investing in Our Next Generation: English Language Learners and Their Families

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 9:00am to Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 5:00pm EDT
Midtown location, NYC
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MEMBERS: This briefing is free to members of GFE, GCIR and Philanthropy New York.
NON-Members: The cost is $200 for eligible non-members.      

A Philanthropy New York COLLABORATIVE PROGRAM presented with Grantmakers for Education and Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: All interested funders.


One in ten K-12 students is an English Language Learner (ELL), and limited English proficient students are the most rapidly growing population in U.S. elementary schools. While states like New York, California, and Texas continue to serve the largest numbers of ELL students, the fastest increases in ELL populations—growing at rates over 250%—are occurring in states such as South Carolina, Kentucky, and Delaware, where school systems have not previously served many ELL students. How can education grantmakers ensure that all schools and communities implement successful strategies to promote the success of these young people?

Framed with an understanding that engaging the families of ELL learners is critical to driving school success, this briefing will address a range of issues related to early learning, K-12 systems, and out-of-school time. Sessions will explore strategies for making ELL a priority for local and national funders and for policy makers, as well as showcasing innovative approaches to address the opportunities and challenges facing ELL learners.

The briefing begins with an optional site visit on the morning of June 22nd, and it coincides with GCIR's national convening, also in New York City.

PRESENTERS   Partial list.

GFE appreciates the generous support for this briefing provided by The Annie E. Casey Foundation and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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