S8 Episode 8: English Learner Support for Arizona Teachers

S8 Episode 8: English Learner Support for Arizona Teachers


Episode Notes

Learn about how Arizona’s Language Development Approach can help you better support all students, especially your English Learner students, in today’s episode. 

Hosts Angelia and Donnie talk with Arizona Department of Education’s Kate Wright, Associate Superintendent of High Academic Standards for Students, and Dr. Melissa Castillo, Deputy Superintendent of the Office of English Language Acquisition Services (OELAS).

Wright and Castillo share about the development of Arizona’s Language Development Approach and review the principles of this approach. Wright points out that at the core of this approach is the importance of all teachers and staff, across disciplines, building a culture of support for EL students. They also talk about the role of student agency in supporting EL students.

After listening to this episode and reviewing Arizona’s Language Development Approach, use the reflection guide linked here to plan how to integrate what you heard and read into your practice. You can also find trainings related to Arizona’s Language Development Approach at this link and can learn about Structured English Immersion (SEI) Models at this link.

Learn more about the Arizona K12 Center at azk12.org.

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