WAUKEE, Iowa --- More than 300 educators are meeting to learn new strategies for working with English Language Learners or ELLs. A majority of the people attending Tuesday's conference are teachers and administrators who work with ELL students, but officials say this conference is extremely important for all instructors.
According to the Iowa Condition of Education Report, nearly five percent of Iowa students are designated as "limited English proficiency." That translates to 23,820 students. Officials say these students are among the fastest growing student population in Iowa.
Our Kids Summer Institute also highlights cultures of students and families in Iowa by incorporating culturally and linguistically diverse voices in panels and cultural performances.
The institute goes from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Waukee Senior High School.