Reblogged from obaverse
A recent study from the Education Week Research Center suggests that only half of all teachers feel prepared to teach Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Even more concerning—less than 25% of teachers feel prepared to teach using the CCSS for English learners (ELs)!
In a similar study of educators in California, Gándara, Maxwell-Jolly and Driscoll (2005) found that some of the top struggles cited by teachers in working with ELs both at the primary and secondary levels were, communication (both with EL students and students’ families), insufficient time to teach everything, the difficulty with having a wide range of academic levels in the classroom, and the lack of tools, resources and support available for teachers to use in the classroom to better support EL students.
The results of the Gándara, Maxwell-Jolly and Driscoll (2005) report suggest that teachers who work with ELs could be better supported by state, district and school-implemented programs which focus more directly on the development of resources for teachers (e.g. developing clearinghouses), reemphasizing the importance of professional development focused on working with ELs, as well as the further research investigating the needs of EL students.
Education Week Research Center. (2014). From adoption to practice: Teacher perspectives on the Common Core. Bethesda, Maryland.
Gándara, P, Maxwell-Jolly, J, & Driscoll, A. (2005). Listening to teachers of English language learners: A survey of California teachers’ challenges, experiences, and professional development needs. Santa Cruz, CA: The Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning.
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