Equipping Classroom Teachers for English Language Learners



The purpose of this article is to describe the Quality Educators Academy (QEA), a year-long training for K-8 classroom teachers that was funded by a NC ESEA Title II–A Improving Teacher Quality (NC QUEST) Grant. Key features of the project as well as the design and content of the training contributed to success in recruiting, retaining, and effectively training classroom teachers to work with ELLs. The authors, who implemented a QEA in North Carolina, share what they did in detail so that others interested in equipping classroom teachers with research-based best practices for meeting the needs of English language learners may learn from their efforts. This article describes key features of the project: collaboration, recruitment and selection of participants, professional development design, and training and content delivery.