Senior Department Official to Discuss National Trends for English Language Learners at Symposium for Education Officials and Policymakers

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Libia Gil, assistant deputy secretary and director of the U.S. Education Department's Office of English Language Acquisition, will discuss national trends on English learners at a meeting for education officials and policymakers on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the Forest View Educational Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

During the event, Gil will also address federal policy implications for students learning English and share data on particular challenges and strategies for supporting long-term English learners. The event is titled "Interrupting the Generational Cycle of English Language Learners: A Symposium for School Administrators, Districts Leaders and Policy Makers."

The Obama Administration strongly believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, and education is crucial to the economic strength and security of our nation and communities. The Department of Education’s work is focused on ensuring all students receive an education that prepares them for success in life and their career, through programs including Race to the Top, ConnectED, School Improvement Grants, as well as the Department’s work to expand access to preschool and make college more affordable.