We are the first and only resource sharing platform designed by EL teachers for all educators working with ELs. With the national shortage of EL teachers, supporting the efforts and professional learning of educators is more urgent than ever. Through collaboration, we make great resources accessible to all teachers.
By 2030, 1 in 3 school age children will be an English Language Learner
Graduation rate for ELs is 62% nationally, the lowest across any other racial/ethnicity group
There is roughly 1 EL licensed teacher for every 150 English Language Learners
Streamlining access to differentiated resources is vital
The future is in teacher collaboration and development
A few years ago, I had a chance to work with the Karen refugee population in the Twin Cities through a volunteer ESL program. After the program fell through in 2013 due to low funding, I started the T2C Project, an arts-based after-school program to expand the work. Seeing both the academic and socio-emotional challenges facing Karen youth, I began talking with teachers and school counselors to learn more.
Through these conversations in Minnesota, a state that has done progressive work in advocacy for refugee students, I became inspired to harness technology to connect educators and scale impact. With so much education technology out there, few have explicitly addressed teacher needs in EL space. Seeing the need to support professional learning, I began to explore the concept of a resource sharing platform for every teacher with ELs in the classroom.
We all share the responsibility to the future of our ELs. The foundation of this work must rest upon meaningful teacher collaboration and teacher leadership in all aspects of ELL instruction. By offering a continuous loop for growth and community building, we bring the strength of the collective to meet the needs of every teacher.
Yefei Jin / Founder