Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholars (APIA Scholars), Californians Together and UnidosUS Host Briefing on English Learner Students and AANHPI Needs
APIA Scholars (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars) hosted a briefing in Sacramento with Californians Together (CalTog) and UnidosUS on May 11 on English Learner Students and the unique needs of Asian American and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) students. The event attendees included California’s State Assemblymember Mike Fong and State Senator Dave Min, as well as staff and analysts from the state’s AAPI, Latino and Black caucuses, California’s Department of Education, and local advocacy organizations.
California has the largest EL student population in the nation and AANHPI students represent a critical mass of EL students in the state, comprising 11.8% of the total EL student population. With the publication of the new report by APIA Scholars in collaboration with Robert Teranishi and members of UCLA’s Institute for Immigration, Globalization and Education, speakers shared findings that point to the rapid growth of AANHPI English Learners in California and continued under-served needs of these students, and recommendations to address the unique challenges of AANHPI K-12 EL students in California.
Co-host UnidosUS provided research learnings on Latino English Learners from state-wide listening sessions as well as recommendations from their policy brief. Co-host Californians Together presented immediate legislative, policy, and program recommendations on data disaggregation, bilingual teacher pipeline, as well as translation services during the briefing presentation.
The research and the event concluded with recommendations on how policymakers, advocates, school district leaders, teachers and community-based organizations can better understand and support AANHPI English Learners through polices, programs and practice.
About APIA Scholars
Based in Washington, D.C. and founded in 2003, APIA Scholars (Asian Pacific Islander American Scholars) is the nation’s leading non-profit organization devoted to the academic, personal, and professional success of Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander students. We celebrate our community of students whose unique stories, rich cultures, and diverse perspectives equip them to be the leaders of tomorrow. Through scholarships, higher education research and policy, and institutional partnerships, APIA Scholars carries out its mission to educate, elevate, and empower a diverse community of 25 million strong and growing.
For more information about APIA Scholars, please visit us at www.apiascholars.org.
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UnidosUS is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that serves as the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Since 1968, we have challenged the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos through our unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico. We believe in an America where economic, political, and social progress is a reality for all Latinos, and we collaborate across communities to achieve it. For more information on UnidosUS, visit unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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Californians Together is a coalition of education, civil rights, parent/caregiver, community, and advocacy organizations, champions the educational success of California’s more than 1.1. million English learners. Californians Together serves as a trusted voice, source of expertise, and steadfast advocate standing for the educational rights of access for California’s English learners, immigrants, and linguistically and culturally diverse students. For more information please visit us at http://www.californianstogether.org or email us at email@example.com