Monica Quinones, Hartford Public Schools
“None of the curricular components are watered down. That’s something we were very adamant about. We were able to take grade-level appropriate content and scaffold it so they can access it.
“[Students are] so invested in learning. The discussions they have amongst each other, even if they aren’t in agreement, these are things we haven’t seen before.
“We often talk about high rates of absenteeism among ELLs, but what we’ve noticed in the eight pilot schools is excellent attendance—near 100 percent. That’s telling. It suggests a high level of engagement.”
Read more about the Hartford ELL Program in this feature article by Mind/Shift (NPR’s national education blog).