ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Microcredentials prepare all teachers to work with English learners

By Laureen Avery
August 2019
Vol. 40 No. 4
Today, one of every 10 students is an English learner. That means most classroom teachers are or will be working with English learner students. However, the majority of those teachers will tell you they are underprepared and lack confidence in their ability to work with these students or connect with them and their families. Staff, coaches, and partners at the ExcEL Leadership Academy in Connecticut recognized the need for a better approach to professional learning that would prepare all teachers to work with English learners. This approach melds current knowledge of effective adult learning and effective instruction for English learners geared toward mainstream teachers.  By using a microcredential approach, in which teachers progress at their own rate and demonstrate their mastery of best practices, ExcEL

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Laureen Avery ( is the Northeast region director at UCLA Center X and is based in Connecticut.

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