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The English Language Learner KnowledgeBase for Administrators

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The English Language Learner (ELL) KnowledgeBase for Administrators is an online resource supporting the administration of programs for English learning students. It offers resources related to Office for Civil Rights (OCR)requirements and the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA).

Task 2: Investigate Different Approaches to Professional Learning

Guideline: Districts and schools are to provide professional learning for classroom teachers, principals, administrators, other school staff members, and/or community based organization personnel to improve instruction for ELL students.




Professional Development Action Planner

This checklist from the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory's professional development toolkit is useful for planning professional development.


Best Practices for Professional Development of Teachers of Immigrant Students in Secondary Schools

This Council for Chief State School Officers document summarizes the findings from its compendium of best practices for immigrant students in secondary schools. This section relates to professional development practices for teachers of secondary English language learner students.

Current Models for Evaluating Effectiveness of Teacher Professional Development

This document lists recommendations to State Leaders from leading experts evaluation of professional development programs.

Professional Development for General Education Teachers of English Language Learners

This resource provides a brief from the NEA Quality School Programs and Resources Department concerning professional development for ELL program teachers.


Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center)

This link is to the GTL Center website. As noted at its website, "The GTL Center is a national content center dedicated to supporting states in their efforts to grow, respect, and support great teachers and leaders for all students."

Models for Effective and Scalable Teacher Professional Development

This March 2009 Educational Testing Service Research Report describes the benefits of Learning Communities.

Principles for Professional Development

This document outlines, "American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Guidelines for Creating Professional Development Programs That Make a Difference."

Professional Development Models

This article offers an overview of five models for structuring professional development programming suggested by Dennis Sparks and Susan Loucks-Horsley.

Professional Development Phases

As noted at its website, "the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory has developed a research-based professional development framework that promotes ongoing professional development and encourages individual reflection and group inquiry into teachers' practice." The article summarizes the five phases of professional development promoted by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.

Standards for Professional Learning

This Learning Forward link is to the National 2011 Staff Development Council's Standards for Professional Learning and Staff Development.

Teaching the Teachers

This Center for Public Education report focuses on building effective professional development.



ELLs Professional Development Webcasts

This AdLit website offers webcasts featuring Kathleen Leos, Deborah Santiago, and Susan Lafond in a discussion on ELLs. Our expert panel discusses demographic trends, instructional strategies, school-family partnerships, and college readiness.

The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and are intended for general reference purposes only. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the U.S. Department of Education or the Center, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Some resources on this site require Adobe Acrobat Reader. This website archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.