Dreams Beyond Labels: A look at four English Language Learners who are beating the odds

Julie Israelson


Too often, English Language Learners are failing out or dropping out of school. However, there are ELLs that are enrolled in honors classes and on a college-bound path. This paper looks at four English Language Learners in Colorado who were beating the odds and experiencing high levels of academic achievement in school.  Through in-depth case studies, these students identified the factors that were most influential in their educational routes.  Parents, teachers, peers, and individual determination were described as significant factors. 


English Language Learners; at-risk; achievement

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