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Creating Confident Educators for Today's English Learners

Thu, April 8, 3:00 to 4:00pm EDT (3:00 to 4:00pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Second Language Research Poster Sessions


The population of English Learners (ELs) is growing exponentially in U.S. PK-12 schools. Fifty-five percent of teachers find themselves teaching ELs, yet fewer than one-third have had any significant training in methods to support ELs’ language development or content learning (Quintero & Hansen, 2017). Inservice teachers need comprehensive, job-embedded professional development (PD) to fill the gap when it comes to application of second language acquisition, social-emotional needs of ELs, and strategies to support ELs’ learning overall. A year-long PD program, ESL Academy , focuses on embedding activities in teachers’ instructional contexts. This study describes the scope and depth of the program and examines changes in perceptions of teachers’ self-efficacy for teaching and supporting ELs pre and post Academy.