Can new panel help save English Language Learner program?
One obvious place for the English Mastery Council to start: The way we train teachers. The state puts an emphasis on certification in Teaching English as a Second Language, but current TESL standards are “a joke,” according to Seth Rau, policy director for education advocacy group Nevada Succeeds. It takes four undergraduate college courses that emphasize pedagogy but require no classroom observations. Lazos agreed that adding a clinical component to the TESL endorsement would help better prepare teachers and improve ELL instruction.
Read more about improving teacher quality for ELLs at http://www.reviewjournal.com/columns-blogs/glenn-cook/can-new-panel-help-save-english-language-learner-program.