Immigration is rapidly changing Indianapolis and the changes are having major effects on schools.
Leaders at Southport High School know exactly what to do when an English learner comes in the door. But it wasn’t always that way. They had to grow, make mistakes and learn, just like their students do.
Over the course of a year or two, schools like Nora Elementary can find themselves with an entirely new and challenging focus as they discover their new No. 1 job is teaching non-native speakers the English language.
The sharp growth of English language learners at IPS has led to challenges that IPS says are hard to overcome.
The state slashed funding for English language learners by half over the last decade, at a time when the number of those students rose by 30 percent.
Teaching students English isn’t magic — there might never be an “Aha!” moment where they suddenly understand. But the strategies teachers use to get through to them are no less impressive.
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About the series
“Lost in Translation” is a project about the effects of immigration on Indianapolis schools, brought to you by Chalkbeat and our partners, the Indianapolis Star and WFYI.
We rounded up this list of resources for ELL teachers. Check it out and tell us what you find most useful in the comments section.
Thanks to LUNA for providing the translation for this series.