On December 9, 2015 ESA hosted Dr. Laurie Olsen as part of our Education Changemakers series. Dr. Olsen is a scholar and the author of “Reparable Harm,” a seminal 2010 report on English learners in California.
Dr. Olsen is also the designer of the groundbreaking “SEAL” pre-k to third grade approach to English learner education. It is designed to build the capacity of preschools and elementary schools to powerfully develop the language and literacy skills of young Spanish-speaking English Learner children, and to close the academic achievement gap by fourth grade.
Here’s a glimpse inside the SEAL approach: