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Minnesota schools support the multilingualism of all students

We work directly to better serve Emerging Multilingual Learners (English Learners) through research-based, promising practices that support multilingualism and heritage and native language development.

We believe in the validity of all lived experiences.

Preparing Emerging Multilingual Learners for the Future

Active Initiatives

Emerging Multilinguals Network

English language learners (often abbreviated to ELL or EL) are Minnesotans of all ages and academic proficiencies whose native language is not English. Over 70,000 ELs are currently enrolled in Minnesota schools, 8.4% of all students.

MnEEP created the Emerging Multilinguals Network to provide long-term advocacy and a powerful foundation for delivering effective and empowering education services to English Learners. The EML Network includes people and organizations that can address the issues EMLs face and find solutions statewide.

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Minnesota EL – ESSA Initiative

As the fastest-growing student group, EMLs need to belong to the school community and have their unique needs addressed. To address the disparities that EMLs and their families face in the Minnesota education system, MnEEP partnered with the Coalition of Asian American Leaders (CAAL) to launch the Minnesota English Learner – Every Student Succeeds Act (EL-ESSA) Initiative.

This initiative aims to create and coordinate conversations within and between advocacy organizations and the students, families, and communities that are the most impacted by the EL policies and practices of Minnesota school districts.

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the newly revised version of a federal law first created in 1965: the Elementary & Secondary Education Act to better serve historically disadvantaged groups of students.

MnEEP is working with partners and collaborators to establish a plan that supports Emerging Multilingual Learners in Minnesota.

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EL Stakeholders Advisory Group

Throughout the ESSA-EL Equity Initiative, we have convened 25 stakeholders from the Latino, East African, and Asian communities. They come from education, administration, community, research, and advocacy backgrounds. Many have children in the school system who are or are not in EL services.

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