Learning to get it right: Understanding change processes in professional development for teachers of English learners.

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A professional development program for US teachers in the state of Oregon was the context in which this study took place. This five-year hybrid (online and face-to-face) program assisted experienced teachers to adapt their practice to meet the needs of language minority and immigrant students. The positive changes in teacher perceptions and classroom practice are captured in the context of the change process – and not only simply in pre/post fashion. Using classroom observation data combined with threaded online discussions, this study describes patterns and moments of teacher change, and investigates how this multi-layered, differentiated professional development program was effective in training teachers to meet the learning needs of immigrant and language minority students.

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About This Study:

Intervention(s): Teacher Professional Development
Intervention Duration: 5-years
Relevant ORR Program: Refugee School Impact Program
Study Type: Suggestive evidence
Full Text Availability: Paid
Direction of Evidence: Positive impact
Strength of Evidence: Suggestive
Population(s): Other
Gender(s) of Participants: All
Age(s) of Participants: Adults
Region(s) of Origin of Participants: North America

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