Advocacy Resources

If you have questions on how to expand your advocacy outside the classroom or would like tips on how this information can be shared with local policy leaders, please contact Lori Menning,

With the number of English learners (ELs) growing to over 5 million in the United States, there is a critical shortage of qualified English language teachers to meet this increased demand. Currently, 1 in 10 public school students across the United States are English learners. Additionally, only 65% of ELs graduate high school, compared to the national graduation rate of 83%.

The Reaching English Learners Act addresses this shortage by creating a grant program under Title II Part B of the Higher Education Act to fund the development of teacher preparation programs that train future teachers to instruct ELs. Specifically, institutions of higher education would be required to partner with local educational agencies to build or strengthen teaching programs that provide teacher candidates with skills related to: helping ELs in PK-12 achieve at high academic levels and attain English proficiency; recognizing and addressing the social and emotional needs of ELs; identifying and instructing ELs with disabilities, and promoting parental, family, and community engagement in EL educational programs.

TESOL International Association is asking you to take action today! Tell Congress to support English language teacher preparation by sending e-mails, tweets, and sharing this call-to-action with your friends and colleagues! You can learn more at

2019 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit Resources

TESOL Statement Supporting the Dream and Promise Act

TESOL Statement on Cuts to Education for Detained Migrants

TESOL’s Policy Recommendations for the 116th Congress FINAL

TESOL Group Sign On Supporting Raising the Budget Caps and Title II-A of ESSA

2019 TESOL Issue Briefs

Background on the Reaching English Learners Act

TESOL Supports Reaching English Learners Act Press Release

2019 DACA and Dream Act Issue Brief Final

2019 Appropriations Issue Brief TESOL Final

Reaching English Learners Act HR 1153 Full Text

Reaching ELs Dear Colleague Letter 2019

National Education Policy & TESOL: The Outlook Ahead

National Education Policy & TESOL: The Outlook Ahead

Colorin Colorado’s Advocacy & Leadership Page

TESOL International Advocacy Resources