Education Justice Resources
Student-Developed Solutions for ELL Students in DC Public Schools
What issues do ELL students face in DC public schools? What can school administrators and DCPS officials do to better support ELL students?
After a year-long process of sharing, discussing and analyzing issues faced by ELL students and educators, SMART student organizers researched a variety of possible solutions that DC Public Schools can take to better support the learning processes of newcomer students.
We hope that school administrators and DCPS officials will consider these solutions as they decide and implement new practices.
To read the SMART-developed solutions, download the full SMART solutions.
ELL Student Bill of Rights
What rights do students who are learning English have in schools?
The ELL Student Bill of Rights is a re-creation of DC's Student Bill of Rights. It was drafted by Student Multiethnic Action Research Team (S.M.A.R.T.) student organizers from Coolidge and Cardozo high school: Yonatan Abune, Solomon Kassahun, Tewodros Kassahun, Tensaye Solomon and Samuael Seyoum.
Their ELL Student Bill of Rights includes clauses on equal opportunities for ELL students, schools as safe zones, interpretation and translation services, access to counselors, and culturally sensitive meal options at school (for vegetarian and fasting students). S.M.A.R.T. Youth encourage people to speak out: "If you feel unsafe, discriminated or alone- speak up! There are many others who may feel the same way. This is the first and most important way of defending your rights."
To learn more about how to protect your rights as a student, or to support an ELL student bill of rights, download the full ELL Student Bill of Rights.
Public Service Announcement: ELL Student Rights in DC Public Schools