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Partner Event - English Language Learners: Stopping the Achievement Gap Before It Begins

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
The California Community Foundation, Joan Palevsky Center for the Future of Los Angeles
201 - 281 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles 90012
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Join us to learn from leading experts about opportunities and innovative approaches in English Language Learning. English Language Learners (ELs) comprise 60% of California’s children birth to age 5 – children who live in homes where English is not the first or only language spoken – and LA county has one of the largest concentrations of EL students across the state. The achievement gap between ELs and non-ELs is dramatic. Recent results from California's Smarter Balanced Assessment show that under the new Common Core State Standards, the achievement gap is not shrinking and 65% of English Learners failed to meet basic standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. Recent research confirms that supporting our youngest ELs to gain a strong foundation for language, literacy, and learning is an essential step to addressing this achievement gap.

  • Dr. Marlene Zepeda, Professor, Emerita Department of Child and Family Studies California State University, Los Angeles; First 5 LA Commissioner
  • Anya Hurwitz, Executive Director SEAL, The Sobrato Family Foundation
  • Lillian Maldonado French, Superintendent Mountain View School District


No cost to participate

Who May Attend: 
Members of the LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment, current SCG members, and non-members eligible for SCG membership

Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 12 to Mary Kopp at [email protected].


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