Dr. Patricia Valdez-Zontek
SUSTAINED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A CASE STUDY OF
K-12 EDUCATORS’ IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ESL
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
By Patricia J. Valdez-Zontek, Ph.D
The purpose of this case study was to establish the degree to which participants in a professional development program based on strategies for teaching English Language Learners and current research about effective professional development continued using the acquired knowledge and skills after the conclusion of the program. This case study examined the performance of teachers over a five-year period. This program involved a heterogeneous group of K-12 school districts in Washington State facing a growing number of ELL students and a small private university which, due to location and history, has had extensive experience with training ELL teachers.
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