To create a transparent, efficient, and effective adult ESOL ecosystem, there is a pressing imperative to incentivize and educate national, state, and local policymakers, institutional decision-makers, and advocates for reform in immigration, workforce development, and digital infrastructure policy. The ESOL ecosystem must further build out existing services with remote learning complements and ensure immigrants and refugees are made aware of tech-enabled ESOL opportunities and be supported to access and participate successfully in them.
Transforming Immigrant Digital Equity (TIDE), which builds upon the findings of the Remote ESOL Project, will dramatically expand access to ESOL learning and related immigrant integration supports for immigrants and refugees through scalable, sustainable program models and services that optimize the use of technology. It will also educate service providers and policymakers at three tiers of the ecosystem:
- EFFECTIVE PRACTICE: Enhance our documentation of effective remote and blended ESOL program models and promising practices and ensure uptake by a broad and diverse segment of immigrant and refugee-serving organizations that already provide or are considering providing or supporting adult ESOL instruction.
- EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY: Make a data-driven case for remote, blended, and hyflex learning as an efficient option and impact Digital Equity Act implementation as well as potential changes to immigration and workforce development policies to support remote and blended ESOL.
- REPLICABLE LOCAL MODELS: Select and support 3 pilot site communities in diverse, urban, and rural contexts to develop tech-enabled ESOL ecosystems that dramatically increase access to ESOL instruction.
Project News & Stories:
- World Education Submits Formal Comments for Digital Equity Act
- Webinar: Innovative Remote ESOL Program Models and Promising Practices (from the Remote ESOL Project)