Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
School of Education
International and Multicultural Education (IME)
Brad Washington, Ed.D.
English language learners (ELLs) comprise a large percentage of California’s
public school enrollment and are rapidly changing the cultural diversity landscape
within schools and communities. In rural California school districts where access to
funding and technology is severely lacking compared to larger districts, ELLs face
additional barriers to second language acquisition (SLA) and educational
This paper provides insight to educators on the socioeconomic status of Hispanic
ELL students in rural California and how this status affects their SLA and digital
literacy learning. Additionally, this paper provides a presentation for educators on
the steps they can take to establish an equal digital ‘playing field’ for ELLs in their
school districts. The presentation, Creating An Equitable Educational Technology
Plan for Elementary Hispanic ELLs in Rural California Communities, covers five
topics: a background on California Hispanic ELLs, creating access to digital
technology and resources, parental engagement, instructional and scaffolding
tools, and additional multi-media resources for educators and parents.
Ortman, Lisa M., "Creating An Equitable Educational Technology Plan for Elementary Hispanic English Language Learners in Rural California Communities" (2016). Master's Projects. 355.