Preparing Quality Educators for English Language Learners: Research, Policy, and Practice

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Kip TÚllez, Hersh C. Waxman
Taylor & Francis, Nov 11, 2005 - Education - 216 pages
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This volume brings together a broad range of academics, school-based educators, and policymakers to address research, policy, and practice issues related to improving the education of English language learners in U.S. schools today. It emphasizes throughout that instructional improvements cannot be achieved via curriculum alone--teachers are key to improving the education of this large and growing population of students. The focus is on the quality of preparation and development of pre-service and in-service educators.

Contributors include leading educators and researchers in the field and from nationally recognized professional development programs. Their recommendations range from promising new professional development practices to radical changes in current state and federal policy.

Preparing Quality Educators for English Language Learners is an important resource to help teacher educators, administrators, and policymakers address critical issues as they develop programs for English language learners.

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About the author (2005)

Kip Tellez is Associate Professor in the Education Department at the University of California-Santa Cruz. Prior to joining UCSC in 2000, he taught elementary and high school in east Los Angeles county. His instructional focus has always been on teaching English-language learners. An interest in educational linguistics led him to earn his PhD at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. After graduate school, he began his first academic position at the University of Houston, where he taught courses on methods and theories of second language education, while also working to initiate two-way dual immersion programs in the Houston/Galveston area. At UCSC he has continued his research on language teaching and learning, while also teaching the English Learning Development courses in the Masters/Credential program. He is currently serving as the chair of the Education Department. Combining his interests in English-language teaching with teacher education, he has published articles in journals such as the "Journal of Teacher Education", "Teaching and Teacher Education", and "The Bilingual Research Journal". He also published an edited book (with Hersh Waxman) in 2006 titled, "Preparing Quality Educators for English Language Learners".

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