ERIC Number: ED435185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Professional Development for Teachers in Culturally Diverse Schools. ERIC Digest.
Clair, Nancy; Adger, Carolyn Temple
As school reform efforts demand that schools become places of excellence for all students, educators committed to these reforms face enormous challenges, not the least of which is the education of teachers. Although the responsibility for improved schooling must be shared among administrators, teachers, parents, and students, school reform efforts place a tremendous weight on teachers, especially those who have received no preparation for teaching English language learners. Clearly, professional development plays a role in equipping schools to meet the challenges facing these teachers. This digest focuses on professional development for teachers in culturally diverse schools. It summarizes what is known about effective professional development and the conditions that allow it to succeed. It provides three examples of professional development that are grounded in the academic achievement of English language learners as a fundamental ingredient to overall school success. (Contains 21 references.) (VWL)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Diversity (Student), Educational Change, Elementary School Teachers, English (Second Language), Faculty Development, Limited English Speaking, Second Language Learning, Secondary School Teachers
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.
IES Cited: ED529762