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Bridge Event Webinar
How Long Do English Learner Students Take to Reach English Proficiency?
December 1, 2016


As US schools become more linguistically diverse, schools and districts face the challenge of ensuring the timely progress of English learner students in acquiring English proficiency. In this webinar, Dr. Michael Kieffer, associate professor of literacy education at New York University, presented findings from the recently published REL Northeast & Islands study, “Patterns of English Learner Student Reclassification in New York City Public Schools. Dr. Kieffer also discussed the types of instructional supports different English Learner students may need at different times, and connected his study’s findings to instructional recommendations presented in the IES Practice Guide, “Teaching Academic Content and Literacy to English Learners in Elementary and Middle School.” 


  • Michael Kieffer, EdD, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching & Learning, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University; Researcher, REL Northeast & Islands


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