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The Pennsylvania English Language Learner (ELL) Task Force recently conducted a survey of educators in order to identify areas of need in public education for ELLs. More than 200 educators throughout the state responded, including administrators, general education teachers, and ESL teachers. The results of the survey, along with PSSA data and analysis, were presented to the PA Department of Education.
Some noteworthy findings include:
The full presentation is attached below.
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Interesting results but sadly true.
In my limited experience as an ESL teacher (it's my first year), I realize that ELLs need teachers who are trained to teach them. They need teachers who are willing to work with them and know about different teaching practices, such as culturally responsive teaching. That requires money and time.
Thanks so much for your comments, Carolina. You're absolutely right -- having teachers who are trained to work with ELLs seems to be the key here, but the investment of time and resources needed to achieve this presents a huge challenge.