With an approximate ELL enrollment of 5.5% among grades K-12, Georgia has 94,034 English Language Learners in the state public school system as of years 2012-2013. 78.2% of ELL students in Georgia speak Spanish, followed by Vietnamese, Korean, and Chinese representing the most common languages spoken by the families of these students.
The following is a list of useful resources and programs for ELL students living in Georgia.
State of Georgia Informational Resources:
- Georgia State Board of Education
- ELL Support Page
- ELL Curriculum Resources Page
- WIDA English Language Development Standards
WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) is an organization comprised of various states within the U.S. whose mission is to improve the standards of bilingual education policies and monitor the positive progress and achievement of ELLs in the United States.
- Title III Information
Educational Programs and Learning Resources
- Georgia Parent Information Resource Centers (PIRC) The PIRC helps to improve literacy skills in children living in impoverished communities and offers assistance to encourage positive parental engagement of students in grades K-12. In addition, they provide various other services to promote successful academic outcomes in students.
- Georgia Association of Educators The Georgia branch of the National Education Association, the foremost lobbying group in the United States advocating for standards in teaching, increased resources for education, and protecting the rights of teachers of all grade levels.
- Georgia TESOL The Georgia affiliate of the nationwide organization Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), dedicated to advancing the cause of English Language Learners and their educators.
- The Latino Family Literacy Project A program promoting parental engagement, teaching families how to read together by establishing a reading routine in order to learn the English vocabulary.
- The Latino Family Literacy Project Professional Development Workshops Training classes to assist teachers, aides, and parent coordinators with implementing the lesson plans of The Latino Family Literacy Project, compatible with Title I and Title III Parent involvement initiatives.
- Family Phonics Workbooks An English vocabulary program for parents and children learning English that uses a simple method to teach parents strong English vocabulary and proper pronunciation through the use of phonics.