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Ensuring Professional Capacity to Support English Learners

05/24/2016 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM ET





The recently signed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides states with greater flexibility to design accountability systems that use multiple measures of assessment beyond test scores. Educators and policymakers alike are recognizing the urgent need for more sophisticated curricula and assessments to truly prepare students for success in a global economy.

English Learners (ELs), a continuously growing share of the student population, will particularly benefit from meaningful learning and re-imagined accountability systems. In order to do this successfully, however, it will be necessary to boost professional capacity among schools and educators.

This webinar will provide information and tools about building professional capacity to better support students, particularly ELs.

Additionally, this webinar will:

Highlight the latest research on ensuring positive outcomes for ELs;
Share concrete professional development strategies for teachers and administrators;
Examine policy supports at the federal, state, and local levels; and
Explore the inherent challenges in ensuring sufficient qualified teachers for ELs.


Karen Thompson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University
Martha I. Martinez, PhD, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education
Susan Fitzgerald, Director of Projects, Sanger Unified School District
Joe Luft, Executive Director, Internationals Network For Public Schools, Inc.

Jessica Kelly, Teacher, Pan American International High School at Monroe, Bronx, NY

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