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ERIC Number: EJ839775
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
The Impact of a Professional Development Program to Improve Urban Middle-Level English Language Learner Achievement
Friend, Jennifer; Most, Ryan; McCrary, Kenneth
Middle Grades Research Journal, v4 n1 p53-75 Spr 2009
This mixed-methodological study examined changes in perceptions of teachers (n = 70) engaged in a two-year professional development program designed to meet the unique needs of English Language Learners (ELL), and changes in ELL students' (n = 235) math and reading achievement scores. The study was conducted in two urban middle schools in Kansas with high percentages of ELLs and students from poverty backgrounds. Paired-samples t-tests of 2006 and 2007 state math and reading assessments for the ELL cohort demonstrated statistically significant differences in achievement levels, and the students' growth exceeded the gains made in proficiency levels among ELL students statewide. Findings from the qualitative analysis of the teacher surveys include perceptions of the needs of urban middle-level ELLs, pedagogical strategies perceived as effective with ELLs, and recommendations for strengthening relationships among ELL students, their non-ELL peers, and adults. Implications for improved instruction for ELLs include the value of multiculturalism, the need for first language support, and the effectiveness of professional development on elements of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) for all teachers. (Contains 4 tables and 2 figures.)
Institute for School Improvement, Missouri State University. 901 South National Avenue, Springfield, MO 65897. Tel: 417-836-8854; Fax: 417-836-8881; Web site: http://www.isi.missouristate.edu
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kansas
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001