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Creating an Inclusive Environment and Avoiding Creating Unnecessary Segregation

What is this resource? Part of a 10-chapter series, the 12 pages of chapter 5 share how schools and Local Education Agencies can create positive school environments where diversity is valued as is the inclusion of English Learners (ELs) with their same age peers. If a program is designed to be segregated, this document provides guidelines to ensure students move from the segregated setting to environments with their non-EL peers as soon as possible. The tools include a diversity self-assessments for students, resources to address harassment and bullying, samples of a self-monitoring aid, and resources. The entire series can be found at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oela/english-learner-toolkit/index.html

Why is it valuable? The full inclusion of English Learners (ELs) depends on their interaction with peers and access to coursework alongside their non-EL peers. This chapter addresses both of these issues through offering overview information, tools, and resources.

Authors: U. S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

Ideal Audience: Administrators, Local Educational Agency

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