Discipline: Education, Education Administration
In 2003-08, The Carnegie Corporation of New York funded the project Expediting Comprehension for English Language Learners (ExC-ELL). This paper reports on the research, development and effects of the professional development model for middle and high school teachers of English, science, mathematics and social studies who teachEnglish as a second language students. This research and development project was embedded in educational practices in schools, working with teachers, principals, coaches, and students, dealing with actual implementation problems, issues, and successes. The research study focuses on the design and testing of (a) a professional development design with strategic teacher support systems; (b) the implementation of a research-based 10- component lesson template for integrating vocabulary, reading comprehension, and writing skills into core content instruction; (c) a technology-based coaching and observation protocol to determine to what extent the components are present in a lesson, with a rating/summary portion to tally the results and impact on student achievement.