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Topics in teacher education and professional development for educators who work with linguistically and culturally diverse student populations.
Hudson Valley Regional Bilingual Education Resource Network (RBERN): Under the direction of the NYS Education Department Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages (NYSED OBEWL), the HV RBERN provides support and technical assistance to English language learner (ELL) educators in 142 public school districts across the lower- and mid-Hudson region. ELL services and support are also provided to charter schools, non-public schools and other organizations (universities, regional educational organizations, etc.) as well as for world language (WL) students within the State’s P-16 initiative. https://www.hudsonvalleyrbern.org/
How to Support Immigrant Students and Families: Strategies for Schools and Early Childhood Programs
This comprehensive guide by Colorín Colorado presents many strategies to help teachers in changing suburbs to meet the needs of their immigrant families in vulnerable situations. Topics include legal aspects of immigration, as well as how teachers and administration can collaborate to meet the concerns and needs of their students and their families.
Creating a Welcoming Classroom Environment
On a daily basis, ELLs are adjusting to new ways of saying and doing things. As their teacher, you are an important bridge to this unknown culture and school system. This article by Reading Rockets presents a number of ways teachers can help to make an ELLs transition as smooth as possible.
Educational Demographics: What Teachers Should Know (Harold Hodgkinson, Educational Leadership, December 2000/January 2001)
This ASCD article reviews key demographic shifts nationwide, how these shifts are affecting educational policy, and how teachers can make good use of this information in their daily practices.
How can we prepare teachers to work with culturally diverse students and their families? What skills should educators develop to do this successfully? (Harvard Family Research Project - 2016)
There are many ways for families to support their children’s education at home, regardless of background. Teachers can learn from this family pedagogy as they strive to facilitate student success both inside and outside the classroom.
Preparing Teachers for Diverse Classrooms (University of Washington: College of Education - 2016)
This article seeks to prepare future teachers to work effectively in classrooms in which students may speak several different languages between them.
Online Preservice Teacher Education Programs: Issues in the Preparation of Bilingual Education and ESL Teachers
This Texas Tech University paper examines perceptions of online courses for those preparing to become teachers of English language learners (ELLs). It looks at online course awareness, appeal, and efficacy and compares it with traditional instruction. Some of the demographics that have fueled the movement to accelerate online technology is also examined.