The Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), in collaboration with the National Research & Development Center to Improve Education for Secondary English Learners, hosted this webinar on the development of teacher expertise to serve students classified as English learners (ELs). Professional learning that results in enhanced professional expertise should be aligned to strategic goals, ongoing, and address outcomes for knowledge, attitudes, skills, aspirations, and practices. When teachers apply standards and research to their work, develop the expertise essential to their roles, and prioritize coherence and alignment in instruction, the results are equitable and positive for all students. Speakers included:
- Dr. Aída Walqui, Senior Research Scientist, WestEd
- Dr. George C. Bunch, Professor of Education and Department Chair, University of California, Santa Cruz
- Dr. Alexandra Estrella, Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools
- Yael Glick, Teacher, New York City Public Schools
- Leland Hartman, Senior Program Associate for English Language Arts, WestEd's Professional Development Program
Panelists presented a model for the development of teacher expertise to serve ELs and share multi-modal resources to plan and implement high quality professional learning in pre-service and in-service programs.