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ERIC Number: EJ803914
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1066-5684
The Preparation of Highly Qualified Teachers for English Language Learners: Educational Responsiveness for Unmet Needs
Cadiero-Kaplan, Karen; Rodriguez, James L.
Equity & Excellence in Education, v41 n3 p372-387 Jul 2008
As the number of English language learners (ELLs) continues to grow in California and throughout the country, there is a need to examine present policies that impact the preparation of teachers to meet the varying needs of this diverse student population. This article utilizes a framework of educational responsiveness to examine the definition and expectations of a "highly qualified teacher" as presented at the federal level by No Child Left Behind law (2002) that presents a generic approach to the education of ELLs. It is within this "unresponsive" policy and sociopolitical context that concerns and actions for equity in education and, specifically, for bilingual teacher preparation are situated. In this article we examine the federal and state contexts and describe efforts in California to be responsive to English language learners. Finally, we highlight ongoing efforts that challenge these mandates and policies in order to more effectively meet the needs of ELLs in California. These efforts are manifested via professional organizations committed to educational research toward appropriate pedagogy for language development and political advocacy for English language learners. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001