High-Impact Professional Development
One of the most powerful professional development practices that was put into place in the district’s dual-language (English and Spanish) school involved the staff learning Chinese. ELD certified language coaches coaches had the roles of English Language Learner (ELL) Coordinators both in individual buildings and also at the district level. There are countless factors that contribute to an ELL’s ability to continually develop those language skills necessary to be successful both in and out of the classroom. In co-teaching for ELLs not only does the student experience differentiated support during the co-teaching time but the strategies become embedded as they become part of what a classroom teacher does. Clearly, more than ever, school systems must provide wrap-around professional development that meets the needs of both novice and veteran educators.