Data Dialogues Network
Through our work with small, rural school districts that serve large numbers of English Learners (ELs), we learned of the deep and widely-expressed need for accessible, quality data specific to EL students.
An example of a data need was (to identify) why we had a high percentage of Long-Term English Learners (LTELs) who were designated ‘special education’ with a primary disability of speech. Was it really a speech issue or a language issue?
Shared Learning Opportunities to Advance EL Students
In addition to providing user-friendly data and custom reports, the “dialogues” aspect of DDN has proven to be especially powerful. Each year, CVF brings our district partners together for meetings (two have been held at Stanford), webcasts and district-to-district visits to learn and share findings, ideas and plans. The collaboration which this engenders is best summed up by a district administrator who said, “How refreshing it is to work with colleagues facing the same challenges and seeing their approach to addressing them!”