Professional Development in Action: Improving Teaching for English Learners
Citation: Casteel, C.J. & Ballantyne, K.G. (Eds.). (2010). Professional Development in Action: Improving Teaching for English Learners. Washington, DC: National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition.
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The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition (NCELA) is pleased to present Professional Development in Action: Improving Teaching for English Learners. This monograph showcases professional development projects by school districts and colleges of education that train teachers to work successfully with English learners across the nation. The papers we present here offer real-life examples of successful and innovative practices, including institutionalized mentoring programs, new classroom methodologies, best practices for ELs with disabilities, collaboration between colleges of education and school districts, and the evaluation of PD programs.
The majority of papers in this volume emerge from projects funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for English Language Acquisition (OELA), National Professional Development grant program. These projects were screened through a rigorous and competitive review process to earn U.S. Department of Education funding, and represent some of the most promising practices for professional development for teachers of ELs in the country. The volume also includes innovative and well-designed projects which draw funding from state and other sources.
In addition to the papers, all of the current NPD grantees were invited to submit short descriptions of their projects for inclusion in the monograph. These descriptions appear at the end of this volume.
It is our hope that the papers in this monograph will provide a wealth of examples for our colleagues who recognize the need for increased capacity in the teaching corps to work successfully with this population of students, and who are considering implementing their own programs. As the number of ELs increases across the United States, teachers need to hone and adjust their craft and expand their teaching toolkit so that they are able to meet challenges and educate these children to their fullest potential. Education administrators at the state and district level, colleges of education, and education policymakers must provide the leadership and resources to ensure that teachers have access to ongoing professional education that allows them to meet the promise of all of our English learners.
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