Minnesota and Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
In many professional development efforts, the experts are the outsiders who are called in to share research findings
produced far away from the school or district involved. Charged with developing a grant-funded program to provide
support to English as a second language and bilingual teachers in Wisconsin, we wanted to offer teachers an
opportunity to build on and share their expertise to meet the educational needs of increasing numbers of English
Language Learners throughout our state. Working first as individuals and later in professional teams, participating
teachers developed action research projects, which served both as entry points for the program mentor into the
teachers’ classrooms and as tools for understanding how to more effectively support teachers’ growth as
professionals. Through active mentoring and professional teamwork, the participants realized the potential for action
research projects and professional teamwork to enhance their understanding and critique of their own practice.
Anderson, Sarah; Durst, Anne; Schneider, Melanie L.; Calkins, Amy; Johnson, Kari; West, Joyce.
Transforming ESL/bilingual teachers through action research and teamwork.
Minnesota and Wisconsin Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.
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