Council of the Great City Schools

The Nation's Voice for Urban Education

Bilingual Education

A Framework for Re-envisioning Mathematics Instruction for English Language Learners
The overarching purpose of this document is to define a new vision for mathematics instruction that explicitly attends to the needs of ELLs, addressing the interdependence of language and mathematics.
46 pages
December 2016
A Framework for Raising Expectations and Instructional Rigor for English Language Learner Students
This report outlines a framework for acquiring English and attaining content mastery across the grades in an era when new college and career-ready standards require more reading in all subject areas.
38 pages
August 2014
English Language Learners in America's Great City Schools: Demographics, Achievement and Staffing
The English Language Learners (ELLs) attending schools in the member districts of the Council account for nearly one-quarter of all ELLs in the nation. This report presents the results of a yearlong effort to compile data on ELL enrollment and programs in Great City school districts.
116 pages
March 2013
Instructional Materials for English Language Learners in Urban Public Schools
The purpose of this report is to examine how district and school-level staff members acquire and use instructional materials for English Language Learners (ELLs). The report also answers questions regarding the preparedness of district and school staff members to ensure that ELLs attain the expectations embodied in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including factors that practitioners believe are most importantin promoting high ELL achievement
23 pages
March 2013
Raising the Achievement of English Language Learners in the Providence Schools: Report of the Strategic Support Team of the Council of the Great City Schools
This report lists a series of recommendations to raise the academic achievement among English language learners (ELL) in the Providence Public Schools.
193 pages
Winter 2011-2012
Today's Promise, Tomorrow's Future: The Social and Educational Factors Contributing to the Outcomes of Hispanics in Urban Schools
The groundbreaking study focuses on the lives of Hispanic students in big-city schools from early childhood to adulthood, and analyzes distinctions between Hispanic and Latino English-language learners (ELL).
112 pages
October 2011
Raising the Achievement of English Language Learners in the Buffalo Public Schools
Report of the Strategic Support Team of the Council of the Great City Schools. This report spells out a series of strategies that will bring English Language Learners into the instructional mainstream and improve their achievement.
158 pages
Winter 2009-2010
Succeeding with English Language Learners: Lessons Learned from Urban School Districts
This report examines the experiences of districts with differing levels of success at raising academic achievement of English language learners.
82 pages
October 2009