The US education system has seen a massive increase in the number of multilingual students. In Boston Public School system, more than 40% of students speak a language other than English at home. With an increasing number of English Language Learners (ELLs) attending public schools, it is critical to provide additional learning opportunities to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers. ELLs have scored significantly lower on standardized exams than their native English speaking peers. Consistent underperformance results in low self-esteem, lack of motivation and discipline- problems that follow these students throughout their life.
EDR believes that all students have the ability to succeed if provided the adequate resources and support, and plans to introduce the STEP UP program to ELLs in local communities, which was developed and successfully implemented by TAHS, a partnering private educational institution.
STEP UP recognizes that academic achievement is not simply a function of cognitive ability and language proficiency but the result of a number of complex non-cognitive factors as well. Participants in the program learn to be responsible, disciplined and proactive about their own learning.
The mission of the STEP UP program is to instill low performing ELLs with adequate learning skills and confidence to help them succeed academically and professionally.