Bridging the English Learner Achievement Gap: Essential Lessons for School Leaders

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Teachers College Press, 2012 - Education - 195 pages
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In spite of decades of school reform, the achievement gap between English learners and English-proficient students has narrowed little. This book introduces a Reform Sustainability Framework that focuses on the examination of fundamental school structures required to ensure English learner success while guiding the school leader in handling the reform terrain deftly. This reform-navigation tool identifies patterns and trends in the deployment of a reform and subsequently allows leaders to make necessary adjustments to extend, accelerate, or terminate a given reform. Bridging the English Learner Achievement Gap offers a compelling, research-grounded way for schools with an English learner population to successfully educate their students. This book: highlights the challenge of meeting the academic needs of English learners; introduces a step-by-step process for educators at any level to ensure reform sustainability; and examines the processes, tools, and structures needed to anchor successful school reform.
 

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Contents

1 Educational Reform and the English Learner Achievement Gap
1
2 Understanding School Reform
17
3 The Loosely Linked Trinity
36
4 The Fallacy Behind English Learner Assessment
55
5 Flexible Program Options
73
6 Research Based Instructional Strategies
96
7 Coherent Literacy Strategy
115
8 Building School Capacity for English Learner Success
132
9 A Comprehensive Model for English Learner Instructional Improvement
148
References
163
Index
181
About the Author
196
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Ray Garcia is professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at California State University, East Bay

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