Alabama has had tremendous growth in its English learner (EL) student population in schools in the last several years, adding nearly 10,000 EL students since 2015. Currently, EL students now comprise 3.954 percent (29,135 students) of the total state’s population in schools; an increase of 2.64 percent from 2015. This project will provide intensive support to the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) to build capacity to increase the number of EL students who have access to effective teachers and leaders.
This project will support the ALSDE by providing the state with guidance and research in building an effective system to support districts in improving EL instruction. This support will include collaborating with the state to identify: (1) evidence-based materials and resources to ensure effective EL instructional approaches are implemented in schools; (2) barriers to successful implementation of those materials and resources; and (3) support needed to achieve successful implementation. Through this project, Region 7 Comprehensive Center will support ALSDE’s development of a framework for EL instruction along with a plan to support implementation of the framework and the necessary practices and supports for effective EL instruction, including a model for endorsing teachers in EL instructional practices.
Outcomes include increasing knowledge of:
- Evidence-based practices and strategies for English learners;
- Supporting districts in developing effective teachers, leaders, and programs; and
- Current practices related to endorsements for teachers in English language instruction.
As a result of this project, the ALSDE will develop a framework for EL instruction and a model for endorsing teachers in EL instructional practices.