College and Career Readiness

Multilingual Learner Supports

ML Representation in SCOE Schools

Welcome to SCOE's Multilingual Learner services page. In 2021-2022 school year, SCOE served 222 MLs, equating to 11.6% of the student body. For the midyear review of the 2022-2023 school year, Multilingual Learners in SCOE's student population represented 14%. 

For 2021-2022, our Multilingual Learners spoke 26 different languages - Spanish (67%), Arabic (5%), Hmong (4%), and Punjabi (3%) were some of the most spoken languages in our student community. For our reclassified population, the most common languages were Spanish (78%), Russian (4%), and Ukrainian (3%). 

Multilingual Learner History - Social and Political Influences upon ML Educational Success

Understanding the historical influences upon our Multilingual Learners is imperative to develop equitable access to education for our community. Students possess a multitude of differences as they enter our campuses, for which “schools can respond to those differences in ways that build on strengths and ensure opportunities to learn” (Carter & Welner, 2013, p. 8). Educational scholars have examined the unfortunate occurrence of the opportunity gap that persists in our educational system; however, to first impact the opportunity gap, we as educators must discuss and dismantle the acknowledgment gap (Tollefson & Magdaleno, 2016) that exists within our school systems. Our students “know the ground they walk is hard…They know, too, that they stand a good chance of being seen in their classrooms only for what they cannot yet do, and that even their strengths - their personal, familial, cultural, and/or linguistic identities - may be case as deficits” (Tollefson & Magdaleno, 2016, p. 227). In life beyond school, multilingualism, multiculturalism, specialized thinking processes, and experiences of overcoming obstacles are seen as assets. Through intentional literacy instruction and culturally responsive practices where "children bring forth their culture as an inseparable element of their intellectual development" (Duncan-Andrade, 2022) our educational community is strengthened for our Multilingual Learners are seen, heard, and valued. 


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Contact me for any additional questions or comments! 

Crystal Buskirk

Program Specialist, ELD and Multilingual Specialist


p: (916) 639-3426