Improved PD to Benefit English Learners

Developing Teacher Professional Development to Benefit English Learners

Steve Amendum and colleagues from Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are seeking to develop a comprehensive teacher professional development (PD) program aimed at increasing classroom teachers’ skills in working with Latino English Learner (EL) students and their families.

The team has been awarded a 5-year, $3.3 million project, funded through a research grant from the Institute of Education Sciences to implement instructional coaching at 24 elementary schools in Delaware and North Carolina.

Participants are kindergarten and first-grade classroom teachers  and their students who are English learners from schools in Delaware and North Carolina.

Schools are selected if they have a population in which at least 10% of students are ELs; have kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms with at least three EL students each; and the administrators and a majority of kindergarten and first teachers are interested in participating.


Watch Dr. Amendum’s CEHDTalks video to learn what inspired him to undertake this research.

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