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NEDLA Presents! ELL - The Stories Behind The Three Letters

  • 01 May 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • webinar

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Ever wonder what it's like to be a student in your building who just moved to the United States? Imagine having no context of American society and educational system and no language skills to navigate the classroom. Hear the personal journey of an ELL student who experienced what it was like to move to the United States with two suitcases and a handful of hope in believing that the American Dream could one day be his reality. The story will reframe how you view your students in your district and how your leadership pillars impact those who serve your students.


Driven by the transformative power of education, Prakash Patel spent over 20 years in the classroom nurturing a passion for equity and inclusion. My journey began in an ELL classroom as a child of first-generation immigrants, shaping my understanding of the unique challenges and lack of opportunities diverse learners face.

Transitioning to administration fueled my commitment to creating systemic change. I leverage resources effectively to advocate for culturally responsive practices and build inclusive learning environments where all students can thrive regardless of background or identity.

My expertise extends beyond the classroom. I actively contribute to professional conversations by presenting on ELL education, anti-racism strategies, and cultural assimilation. Though often challenging, these critical dialogues are essential for dismantling barriers and ensuring academic success for all students.



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