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ERIC Number: EJ782238
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Social to Academic: University-School District Partnership Helps Teachers Broaden Students' Language Skills
Gebhard, Meg; Willett, Jerri
Journal of Staff Development, v29 n1 p41-45 Win 2008
Developing the ability to use academic English is not the same as basic proficiency, but students need skills in both to succeed. This article talks about a university-school district partnership that helps teachers broaden students' language skills. To respond to the reality that all teachers need sustained professional learning opportunities to become both content and content-language specialists, the faculty at the University of Massachusetts created the ACCELA Alliance (Access to Critical Content and English Language Acquisition). ACCELA is a federally funded partnership between the University of Massachusetts and Springfield and Holyoke Public Schools. ACCELA was developed to support the academic language development of ELLs by addressing the critical professional development needs of mainstream teachers. This article describes the ACCELA Alliance and how it was designed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts