WASHINGTON—Marking a decade since its launch, Colorín Colorado is now the largest, most comprehensive online resource for educators and parents of English language learners, the project’s partners said today.
The Colorín Colorado partners, WETA-TV (public television for the Washington, D.C. area) and the American Federation of Teachers, also announced that the National Education Association has joined the partnership.
“English language learners are the fastest-growing sector of the U.S. student population,” said AFT President Randi Weingarten. “Educators and parents are looking for all kinds of resources to help their children succeed. These resources meet those needs, which is why they are so popular.”
In addition to the five million ELLs in U.S. public schools today, there is a new, unprecedented influx of Central American immigrant children and youth enrolling in schools.
When Colorín Colorado was unveiled in 2004, it reached 400 users. Today, there are approximately 2.3 million users taking advantage of the site’s tip sheets; videos of classroom instruction; lesson ideas for language arts, math, social studies and the arts—all aligned with teaching language skills; articles and other “what works” information.
“We are thrilled to work with our new partners at Colorín Colorado so that educators who work with English language learners have access to high-quality educational resources. As education advocates, we always seek to empower our members with tools on the best way to reach, inspire, and teach our students. Moving forward, NEA will leverage this partnership and online resources to complement our existing national training program for teachers of English language learners,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.
WETA President Sharon Percy Rockefeller said, “We are grateful to AFT for its long-term commitment to Colorín Colorado and are delighted to have NEA join us. By working closely with teachers at every stage, we are able to produce practical, up-to-date resources that are making a difference every day for English language learners.”
In Spanish-speaking countries, stories and fairy tales often end with the ubiquitous phrase, “iY colorín colorado, este cuento se ha acabado!” Loosely translated, it means “and they lived happily ever after.”
This week, the AFT hosted an English language learners conference to discuss programs and plans to enhance the education of ELLs. Attending were representatives from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition and various education and Hispanic organizations, including Californians Together, the largest ELL advocacy group in the state.
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