- Professional Learning
The language that we use serves to shape our thinking and the educational opportunities that we provide our students. A diverse group of Washington state educators collaborated during 2020-2021 to create recommendations for shifting away from deficit-based language, toward asset-based terminology used to describe students who have previously been labeled as English language learners.
We recommend using multilingual as an asset-based term that reflects the linguistic strengths of students who speak and are developing proficiency in multiple languages.
View the full recommendations and how you can support this shift in thinking: