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Building Professional Expertise for 21st-Century Teaching: The Imperative of Integrating Knowledge About Language Development

Sat, April 9, 8:15 to 10:15am, Convention Center, Floor: Level One, Room 143 B

Session Type: Symposium


This symposium addresses the convergence of two critical and challenging needs in public education in the U.S., namely: 1) the development and support of educators as true professionals, and 2) the compelling demand for new knowledge and skill among all teachers concerning the intersection of language development and disciplinary learning and how to support it among all students, in particular English language learners (ELLs). The papers result from the convenings of university and district professional development providers in a large urban system and provide summative and individual findings from their collective explorations about what new professional knowledge is needed, what is required to make the necessary shifts in teaching to support all students, and what professionalization of the work involves.

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