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Transforming Schools for English Learners
A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders



April 2011 | 200 pages | Corwin
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.

 
Dedication and Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
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, and/or 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 Data-Driven Decisions Based on Effective Measures of Student Performance
 
Glossary
 
Index

"This book provides clear, concise and explicit recommendations for creating effective and inclusive schools that can successfully educate students and engage families of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The proven strategies and structures outlined in this book will help schools successfully address the complex challenges of providing high quality instruction to all students. Drawing on her many years of experience with students, families, and educators, and her deep knowledge of research in the field, Dr. Zacarian weaves anecdotes and case studies from actual classrooms and schools throughout this highly accessible resource."

Louise Law, Principal
Deerfield Elementary School, South Deerfield, MA

"Through carefully selected vignettes, Dr. Zacarian clearly defines the challenges that schools face to appropriately teach ELLs in a variety of contexts. She provides educators with real solutions based on research, practice, and experience. This book should be kept at arm's length when developing effective programs for English language learners."

David Valade, Director of English Language Education
Holyoke Public Schools, MA

"Leading the Schools with English Language Learners is recommended for administrators who have not enrolled in specific courses for ELLs, as the critical information for developing and enhancing programming and achievement is specific and can be used for district and school improvement initiatives."

Kathleen Boyden, Director of Student Services
Hadley Public Schools, MA
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ISBN: 9781412990400