Habla Educationese?

By Feliza Ortiz-Licon, Ed.D., Senior Director of K–16 Education, NCLR

Dia de los Ninos 3Every U.S. educator is bilingual.

Some of them are fortunate enough to speak English and a foreign language, but at a minimum they all speak “Educationese,” the term commonly associated with the broad field of education.  Between buzz phrases like “cradle through college,” “college and career readiness,” and all the “gaps” (achievement gap, opportunity gap, gender gap) and an assortment of ever-evolving acronyms such as EL (English learner), SpEd (special education), NCLB (No Child Left Behind), and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the conversations tend to be limited to a narrow pool of educators.

Despite speaking a common language, educators still have a hard time communicating across the K–16 educational pipeline.  The experiences and challenges that shape each transitional point along the pipeline have created an incoherent understanding of the needs of students along their educational journey.  Continue reading