March 18th Podcast – English Language Learners and School Improvement Supports: What we can Learn from District Practices and Implications for Policy.

Despite increasing awareness on the part of educators about the importance of addressing the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs), there has been almost no systematic attention to supporting school and district leaders. Instructional strategies for addressing the language and content needs of ELLs has been working itself steadily into the mainstream – through teacher preparation standards, teacher induction program standards, and various prominent professional development programs. However, the components of effectively educating ELLs cannot exist in a systemic vacuum, most particularly without the support of the leadership structure of districts. In this seminar, Professor Kenji Hakuta, School of Education, Stanford University, and Rich Smith, Deputy Superintendent at Sanger Unified
discussed their work on how districts and school leaders can play an active role in structuring and supporting appropriate programs for ELLs, and the policies necessary to improve the educational achievement of ELLs.

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One comment so far

  • Brentt Brown April 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I found this presentation to be incredibly informative, especially for our EL strategy in the Central Valley. Thanks for making it available online, as I was sick the day of the event and could not attend.

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