ERIC Number: EJ1170541
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
We Are All Talking: A Whole-School Approach to Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners
Shea, Lauren M.; Sandholtz, Judith Haymore; Shanahan, Therese B.
Professional Development in Education, v44 n2 p190-208 2018
This study investigates the impact of a professional development program that included two distinct components: strategies for infusing student-talk into grade-level lessons in science and mathematics; and school-level learning communities focused on readings and discussions of student-talk research. This article reports the program's impact on longitudinal school-level outcomes in a high-minority, low-socioeconomic school district in the United States. Data include the English Language Arts and Mathematics California Standards Test scores for second-grade students before the professional development began and at the end of each program year. Based on linear regressions that cluster standard errors at the school level, the findings show greater increases in Test scores for English learners (and all students) in participating schools than in non-participating schools. The results suggest that professional development which integrates language with content and focuses on school-level collaboration is a potential model for addressing needs of English learners.
Descriptors: Faculty Development, English Teachers, English Language Learners, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Longitudinal Studies, Outcomes of Education, Minority Group Students, Low Income Students, Language Arts, State Standards, Standardized Tests, Scores, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Grade 2, Regression (Statistics), Comparative Analysis, Student Needs, Urban Schools, School Districts, Oral Language, Second Language Instruction, Communities of Practice, Randomized Controlled Trials, Teacher Workshops, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California
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