Improved PD 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.