Some experts say California needs to expand the number of programs that offer bilingual teaching authorizations and recruit new potential teachers.
Teachers in Los Angeles Unified will get specialized training to help students learn English at the critical fourth- and fifth-grade level.
Some teachers are focused on giving students who are learning English as a second language lots of time to talk and write about their feelings.
English learners who did not connect, or connected minimally, during this year of distance learning need a renewed commitment that school will be a place full of rich language, wonderment and engagement in literacy and learning.
Professional development for teachers is key to closing opportunity gaps.