Expanded Language Learners (ELLs)
It is estimated that by the year 2030, almost half of all school-age children will be English language learners (ELLs). According to the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition, there are almost 300,000 ELLs in Florida, and the number of students for whom English is not their first language in the other southeastern states is growing exponentially. Now, more than ever, educators must strive to develop quality instructional theory and practice to teach diverse learners and to ensure that high academic standards are supported for all children. To address the needs of ELL students and teachers, SERVE conducts research, conducts trainings, and provides assistance throughout the Southeast.