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One of the most powerful variables for English Learner success is the quality of their teachers. This policy brief published by Californians Together (1) provides a synthesis of effective practices for instructing ELs; (2) presents four research-based essential elements critical for EL program implementation, teacher reflection, and monitoring of teacher effectiveness; and (3) concludes with program and policy recommendations. Three key areas for policy action are prioritized: (1) District and state level policies must require that local and state leadership support the implementation of these essential elements; (2) Alignment of fiscal and human resources must be targeted to ensure that teachers are provided with professional development, materials and curricular program supports required to implement these key elements leading to English learner success; and (3) Teacher preparation and credential requirements need to incorporate the four critical elements of effective practice for success with English Learners.

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Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Teacher Education and Professional Development

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Kaplan, K. C., Lavadenz, M., & Armas, E. G. (2011). Essential Elements of Effective Practices for English Learners. [Policy Brief No. 1]. Californians Together. 10.15365/ceel.policy.9

Essential Elements of Effective Practices for English Learners