This volume brings together a broad range of academics, school-based educators, and policymakers to address research, policy, and practice issues related to improving the education of English language learners in U.S. schools today. It emphasizes throughout that instructional improvements cannot be achieved via curriculum alone--teachers are key to improving the education of this large and growing population of students. The focus is on the quality of preparation and development of pre-service and in-service educators.

Contributors include leading educators and researchers in the field and from nationally recognized professional development programs. Their recommendations range from promising new professional development practices to radical changes in current state and federal policy.

Preparing Quality Educators for English Language Learners is an important resource to help teacher educators, administrators, and policymakers address critical issues as they develop programs for English language learners.

chapter 2|22 pages

Training Teachers Through Their Students’ First Language

ByLiliana Minaya-Rowe

chapter 5|22 pages

Critical Issues in Developing the Teacher Corps for English Learners

ByPatricia Gándara, Julie Maxwell-Jolly

chapter 6|24 pages

Quality Instruction in Reading for English Language Learners

ByMargarita Calderón

chapter 8|22 pages

Successful School Leadership for English Language Learners

ByElsy Fierro Suttmiller, Maria Luisa González

chapter 9|8 pages

Future Directions for Improving Teacher Quality for English Language Learners

ByHersh C. Waxman, Kip Téllez, Herbert J. Walberg