Transforming Schools for English Learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders

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SAGE Publications, Apr 18, 2011 - Education - 200 pages
"Position your school to successfully teach English learners. Could your school be more effective at instructing its English learners? Whether you are just beginning to work with an emergent population or need to improve your program, this book provides a research-based and practical approach for creating a school environment where ELs can flourish. The author addresses such critical topics as: Selecting the appropriate program model for your school Making data-driven decisions using effective measures of student performance Delivering high-quality lessons. Actively engaging parents. Using RTI to identify and work with learning differences and disabilities"-- Provided by publisher.

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Debbie Zacarian, Ed.D. is the director of the Center for English Language Education and Center for Advancing Student Achievement at the Collaborative for Educational Services in Northampton, MS. The two centers provide professional development, licensure programming, and consulting for educators of culturally and linguistically diverse populations. She has written policies regarding English language learners for many urban, suburban and rural districts and has been a consutant at the state level. She is the co-author of Teaching English Language Learners Across Content Areas, a 2010 ASCD publication. Zacarian holds a doctorate degree in educational policy and research from the University of Massachusetts. She was a clinical faculty lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for over a decade, where she taught courses in language policy, curriculum development for language and content learning, and educational administration. Zacarian also created and was the director of the Amherst Public Schools' English Language Learners Program for over 20 years, a program that was noted as a state and national model. She has been an educational consultant at the local, state, and national levels in English language education, closing the achievement gap and special education as it relates to students from diverse populations, and educational leadership.

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