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ERIC Number: EJ910291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1941-5257
Moving beyond "Just Good Teaching": ESL Professional Development for All Teachers
He, Ye; Prater, Kathryn; Steed, Teneka
Professional Development in Education, v37 n1 p7-18 Feb 2011
In order to prepare all teachers for working with the increasing number of English-as-a-second-language (ESL) students in the US, researchers have explored what teachers need to know and pointed out that "just good teaching" is not enough. In this article, we described our effort to design and deliver professional development sessions based on key features of effective professional development to facilitate teachers to move beyond "just good teaching". In addition, we examined the impact of the professional development on teachers and the ESL students in the school district. The participants included 22 teachers from one school district in the US who participated in 46 hours of professional development sessions over the course of one year. Findings indicated that the research-based, needs-oriented professional development provided teachers with useful strategies and resources. ESL student performance data also demonstrated the effectiveness and impact of the professional development. Implications were drawn to further enhance the collaboration between university and school districts, and between ESL teachers and regular classroom teachers, for the achievement of all ESL students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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