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

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Corwin Press, Apr 18, 2011 - Education - 200 pages
Leading Schools with English Language Learners is unique in its focus on how principals and district-level school leaders can improve English language learner′s academic performance and school engagement through careful and visionary planning of English language education programming. It also focuses on active engagement of English language learners and their families in the school community. The author′s ultimate goal is to help administrators build a school environment where ELLs can flourish. Each chapter of the book will focus on a key element of English language education programming as it relates to the entire school.

The author addresses such critical topics as selecting appropriate program models for schools and making data-driven decisions using effective measures of student performance. There are also full chapters on delivering high quality content lessons to ELLs, the importance of parental engagement, and identifying and working with ELLs with learning differences, which includes a detailed discussion of response to intervention.


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1 Administering Schools With English Learners
2 Developing a Rationale for Programming by Understanding Key Historical Events Principles and Program Model Types
3 Selecting Effective Program Models
4 Designing Implementing andor Strengthening the English as a Second Language Component
5 Addressing the Subject Matter Component of an English Language Education Program
6 Emphasizing the Importance of Parent Engagement
7 Identifying and Working With English Learners With Learning Differences and Learning Disabilities
8 Making DataDriven Decisions Based on Effective Measures of Student Performance

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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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