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Evaluating ALL Teachers of English Learners and Students With Disabilities

Supporting Great Teaching
By: Diane Staehr Fenner, Peter Kozik, Ayanna Cooper

Foreword by Melanie Hobbs and Giselle Lundy-Ponce

This first-of-its-kind book is a research-based, action-oriented guide to ensuring your evaluations support effective teaching of diverse learners. Includes specialized "look-fors," coaching tips and more.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483358574
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 272
  • Publication date: March 20, 2015

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Teacher evaluation can be a valuable tool for evaluators and teachers alike. But it should never be used in a “one-size-fits-all” manner, especially when evaluating all teachers who work with the nation’s growing numbers of English learners (ELs) and students with disabilities.

Just as these diverse students’ needs require nuanced teaching methods, the evaluations of all teachers who work with these students require unique considerations. Such considerations are precisely what you’ll learn in this comprehensive, action-oriented book. Drawing on a focused array of authoritative research on supporting the success of ELs and students with disabilities, case studies, and action plans, the authors detail

  • Four principles for inclusive teacher evaluation of diverse learners that are compatible with the Danielson and Marzano frameworks
  • Sample specialized “look-fors” that evaluators can use and adapt to recognize effective teaching of ELs and students with disabilities
  • Strategies for coaching teachers of ELs and students with disabilities who need more support reaching these learners

Teaching ELs and students with disabilities can be one of the most challenging experiences in an educator’s career, and also one of the most rewarding if educators have the tools they need. With this book, the first of its kind, your school can become a leader in the field by taking part in conversations that center on equitable teaching of diverse learners as well as valid evaluation of those who serve them in classrooms.

“Staehr Fenner, Kozik, and Cooper provide a framework for rich instructional conversations that moves teacher evaluation from the blame game to a collaborative and informative process that empowers teaching effectiveness and student learning.”
Spencer Salend, Emeritus Professor of Educational Studies
State University of New York at New Paltz

“In this book, the authors successfully outline an objective assessment framework that builds educators’ individual and collective capacity to improve their practice, not only with ELs but with all their students. A must-read for teachers and evaluators alike.”
Rosa Aronson, Executive Director
TESOL International Association

Key features

(1) The first guide to teacher evaluation that is explictly designed for the full inclusion of all learners, this invaluable resource will ultimately increase quality access to the general education curriculum for English Learners and for students with disabilities.

(2) Can be used in conjunction with any existing commerically and/or publically-available teacher evaluation rubrics.

(3) Includes chapters that are explicitly keyed to Charlotte Danielsons four Domains of Teaching.

(4) Detailed case studies provide scenarios for pre and post observation conversations as well as descriptions of classroom environments, events, and activities, and teaching examine evidence-based practice for reaching and teaching all learners.


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Diane Staehr Fenner

Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, is the president of SupportEd (SupportEd.com), a woman-owned small business located in the Washington, DC, metro area that she founded in 2011. SupportEd is dedicated to empowering multilingual learners and their educators. Dr. Staehr Fenner leads her team to provide ML professional development, coaching, technical assistance, and curriculum and assessment support to school districts, states, organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to forming SupportEd, Dr. Staehr Fenner was an English language development (ELD) teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ELD assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. She speaks German and Spanish and has taught in Berlin, Germany, and Veracruz, Mexico. Dr. Staehr Fenner grew up on a dairy farm in central New York and is a proud first- generation college graduate. She has written eight books on ML education (and counting), including coauthoring Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity and authoring Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators. She is a frequent keynote speaker on ML education at conferences across North America. She earned her PhD in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at George Mason University
and her MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training. You can connect with her by email at Diane@SupportEd.com or on Twitter at @DStaehrFenner.
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Ayanna Cooper

Ayanna Cooper, EdD, is a consultant, advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, and is currently serving on the executive board of TESOL International Association. As owner of ACooper Consulting, her projects involve providing technical assistance internationally and to state departments of education, school districts, and nonprofit organizations. In addition to being an author, Dr. Cooper has contributed to a number of publications, such as the WIDA Essential Actions Handbook and Language Magazine. She also writes a monthly blog focused on the civil rights of English learners for TESOL International Association. As a plenary speaker and frequent conference presenter, she has had the opportunity to share her work across the United States and internationally. In addition to teaching English as a second language, she has held a number of positions throughout her career, such as English learner instructional coach, urban education teacher supervisor, Title III director, and bilingual program specialist. Dr. Cooper is a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist alumna.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword by Melanie Hobbs and Giselle Lundy-Ponce


About the Authors


1. Need for an Inclusive Teacher Evaluation Framework

2. Foundations of Education of English Learners

3. Foundations of Education of Students With Disabilities

4. Principle 1: Committing to Equal Access for All Learners

5. Principle 2: Preparing to Support Diverse Learners

6. Principle 3: Reflective Teaching Using Evidence-Based Strategies

7. Principle 4: Building a Culture of Collaboration and Community

8. Empowering Educators Through Coaching





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