ERIC Number: ED335423
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: N/A
Staffing the Multilingually Impacted Schools of the 1990s. Proceedings of the National Forum on Personnel Needs for Districts with Changing Demographics (Washington, D.C., January 11-12, 1990).
Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Participants at a conference on staffing multilingual schools reported that the rapid and significant increase in the number of limited English proficient (LEP) students throughout the country is compounding the existing problem of bilingual/English as a Second Language (ESL) staff shortages. The following concerns were outlined: (1) school districts are experiencing significant increases in the number of LEP students and in the number of languages represented; (2) increases in the number of LEP students are occurring in school districts with declining enrollments; (3) many LEP students have limited or no previous schooling; (4) it is difficult to locate trained and certified teachers to work with LEP students; (5) it is difficult to retain bilingual/ESL staff for a variety of reasons, including competition among school districts; and (6) there is a need to retrain monolingual teachers in school districts where the decline in overall enrollment does not permit the hiring of trained bilingual/ESL staff. The following key recommendations were made: (1) streamline certification requirements for bilingual/ESL personnel; (2) encourage the private sector to take a more active role in promoting the education of LEP students; (3) increase collaboration among institutions of higher education, school districts, and the U.S. Department of Education; (4) make a greater effort to disseminate information about effective practices in the field of bilingual/ESL education; and (5) integrate bilingual/ESL staff into the school program. (FMW)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.