ERIC Number: ED389205
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Teamworks: Mainstream and Bilingual/ESL Teacher Collaboration. NCBE Program Information Guide Series 24.
Sakash, Karen; Rodriguez-Brown, Flora V.
This report describes Teamworks, a 3-year project in Chicago, Illinois, that addressed the need for greater collaboration and teamwork between general program and bilingual/ESL teachers in the teaching community. Infrequent communication between these two teacher groups caused fractured education for the limited-English-proficient (LEP) students who participated in the bilingual/ESL program. The project reviews the Chicago programs, from inception to conclusion and follow-up in this large, urban setting. The 4-member Teamworks staff provided a variety of support services to the schools involved, such as needs assessment and help with specific problems. Teamworks staff conducted individual teacher interviews, surveyed school principals, and coordinated teacher interaction. Pre- and post-data surveys revealed that the instructional competencies of both mainstream and bilingual teachers were enhanced by the Teamworks effort and discovered the need for greater involvement by school principals in such program activities. Appendixes list sample activities to improve coordination between teachers and sample training topics for enhancing instructional competencies. (Contains four references.) (NAV)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Inservice Teacher Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Language Teachers, Needs Assessment, Professional Development, Second Language Instruction, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Workshops, Teamwork, Urban Areas
NCBE Orders, 1118 22nd Street N.W., Washington, DC 20037 ($3.50, checks payable to "NCBE/George Washington University").
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)