Empowering English Learners in Challenging Times


Given today’s complex and challenging geopolitical climate, many English Learners (ELs) feel they’re under more pressure than ever. As the nation’s population of ELs steadily grows, educators must identify social and emotional learning (SEL) strategies to address the needs of these students. In this panel, participants will explore various frameworks for empowering ELs and their families, particularly those who have undergone trauma as a result of migration or conflict.

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  1. Understand K-12 complexities as they influence the EL experience with SEL – including the effects of factors such as migration and conflict.
  2. Be able to articulate the EL experience in relation to trauma, and understand what differentiates non-EL SEL needs from EL SEL needs.
  3. Understand research-based strategies for SEL instruction that specifically address EL needs and trauma, such as a strengths-based approach.



Sarah Ebersole, Content Marketing and Communication Specialist, McGraw-Hill Education

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