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¡Adelante! Moving Forward!

¡Adelante! Moving Forward!


In this guide you will find information on:

  • The rights of English Learner students
  • Strategies for effective family engagement and advocacy
  • Legal mandates related to translation and interpretation
  • Special education eligibility, assessment, and placement

A Guide to Empower Parents of English Learners to Advocate for their Children 

  • In 2010, approximately five million students in the United States were identified as English Learners (ELs). Students under this category have different English proficiency levels and years of formal education. Schools must be able to support students of different backgrounds and proficiency levels equally and ensure access to quality education for academic success as they continue to learn English.
  • There is a substantial body of legislation, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which protects the rights of these students. Unfortunately, many families of ELs are unaware of these laws and thus cannot advocate for their children. ¡Adelante! Moving Forward! A Guide to Empower Parents of English Learners to Advocate for their Children is designed as an informational training tool to provide trainers of immigrant families and family leaders with user-friendly and accessible information regarding the legal responsibilities of educational agencies serving ELs and the rights of families of ELs.

This training guide was authored by Maria del Rosario Basterra, MAEC, and Natasha Quiroga, Counsel, Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The authors would like to acknowledge the following Lawyers’ Committee interns who contributed to this publication: Karen Camacho, Nimat Lawal, Leah Rosenzweig, Shoshana Silverstein, Ilyssa Yousem, and Vanessa Miller.

The contents of this guide were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.

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