Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners: A Coaching Tool

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April 2019

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Check out Tim Blackburn's blog post, How a New Coaching Resource Can Help Schools Better Support Teachers of English Learner Students that addresses the benefits and use of the Marzano-based tool for improving teaching of English learner students, Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners: A Coaching Tool.

CCSSO, Education Northwest, and AIR Publish Tools, Report to Enhance English Learner Access to Effective Teachers

Educators play an important role in improving educational outcomes for all students, including students of color and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, groups that historically have included large numbers of English learners. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), recognizes this.

To help ensure that all students have equitable access to well-prepared, effective teachers, the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) created two working groups composed of leaders of state education agencies and school districts, as well as staff members from the American Institutes for Research, CCSSO and Education Northwest, to integrate attributes and exemplars of effective teaching of English learners into two widely used teacher evaluation and support systems: the Danielson Framework for Teaching and the Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model.

The working groups also prepared an overview report to support these tools: Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners Through Structured Observations. The overview:

  • Describes the process used to produce the tools
  • Highlights the transformational impact that targeted, iterative and regular observation and feedback can have on improving teaching practice
  • Underscores the need to provide specialized support for teachers with English learners in their classrooms
  • Illustrates the competencies that well prepared teachers of English learners should demonstrate

This overview highlights the transformational impact that targeted, iterative, and regular observation and feedback can have on improving teaching practice. It also highlights the need to provide specialized support for teachers with ELs in their classrooms. It then turns to a description of the process that the two working groups engaged in to produce the tools and concludes with the competencies that well-prepared teachers of ELs should demonstrate.

The Marzano Focused Teacher Evaluation Model is available on our website. Download the Promoting Success for Teachers of English Learners Through Structured Observations overview from CCSSO, and a second tool aligned to the Danielson Framework for Teaching from AIR.