Teaching Writing To English Learners: Professional Development For Content Teachers By ELL Teachers

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School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

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Gillaspey, Elizabeth D.
ESL/ ELLs; Staff Development; Writing; Education; Professional Development
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The research question for this project was: what is the best format and content for a professional development class designed to help middle school content teachers improve their skill-set for teaching ELL writing? After presenting literature on different types of professional development as well as best practices for teaching ELL writing, a modified version of train-thetrainer was used to develop four professional development sessions. The sessions were designed to be presented in a school by that school's ELL teachers and they each have a separate focus: background information, pre-writing strategies, during writing strategies, and post-writing strategies. The project contains slides and a presenter's guide as well as an observation tool to be used during observations between the professional development sessions.