English Learner Alliance

Arizona Utah Nevada


If you are interested in finding out more about this research alliance or membership, contact:

Elizabeth Burr

This alliance brings together state department of education staff from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah to improve learning outcomes for English learner (EL) students. Specifically, the alliance seeks to build state capacity to use data and evidence in decisions about English learner programs and policies that are effective in promoting English fluency and subject matter content knowledge.

Goals and Objectives

The primary goal of the alliance is to significantly increase English learning (EL) student achievement and college- and career- readiness through better targeting of EL support programs as key to strengthening school improvement efforts. The alliance aims to:

  • Achieve greater understanding of the experience of ELs in alliance states, both academic (e.g., progress rates) and general education (e.g., program participation).
  • Promote a greater understanding of research-based programs and practices.
  • Increase the use of data in EL-related decision-making through dissemination of analytic results and discussion of their implications, both with alliance liaisons (state department of education staff) and wider audiences (e.g., state superintendents and school leaders).
  • Expand the organizational involvement beyond state departments of education to include districts and schools.

Alliance Events and Webinars

Supporting Long Term English Learner Students in Mastering Academic English: A Framework for Success, [webinar] November 2016

When an English Learner Struggles Academically: Telling the Difference Between Second Language Acquisition and a Possible Learning Disability, [webinar] September 2016

Effective Practices for Partnering With Families of English Learner Students in Preschool and Kindergarten , [webinar series] August & September 2015

Transitioning to the Common Core: Effective Practices for Improving English Learner Achievement, [webinar] December 2012

Transitioning to the Common Core: Monitoring the Progress of English Learners, May 2012