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Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners

A Guide for Principals

This practical guide equips school leaders to shape a culture conducive to high academic achievement for English language learners. Includes case studies and quick reference charts.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12, Elementary, Secondary
  • ISBN: 9781412981606
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2011
  • Page Count: 168
  • Publication date: May 30, 2012

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"This book will be the catalyst for transforming instruction for English language learners."
—Dalane E. Bouillion, Associate Superintendent
Sprint I.S.D., Houston, TX

"The author offers a wealth of ideas, strategies, suggestions, tips, and tools for implementation. There are logical and helpful conclusions on nearly every page!"
—Cathy A. Patterson, Teacher and Former Assistant Principal
Evergreen Elementary School, Diamond Bar, CA

How to give English language learners every opportunity for success

Are you faced with the challenge of making sure that English language learners succeed? This practical book shows how to shape a school culture conducive to high academic achievement for all students. An award-winning former principal and a professional development specialist provide the steps for developing teacher capacity, applying successful instructional practices, and advocating for ELLs. Written in straightforward language with quick reference charts, summaries, resources, and tools, the text provides:

  • Strategies for creating a culture of ELL advocacy and achievement
  • Case studies from school leaders who have created positive change for ELLs
  • Professional development tools that build teachers' knowledge of second language acquisition
  • Tips for strengthening home–school–community connections

Leading Academic Achievement for English Language Learners is an easy reference for faculty meetings, observations, and staff training sessions. The authors build a valuable bridge between relevant research and practical applications that will reap measurable results.

Key features

  • Provides an overview of ELLs in the current educational landscape, strategies for creating a culture of achievement for ELLs and advocating for student success, guidance on understanding the language acquisition process, tools for implementing quality professional development, tips for strengthening home-school-community connections, and resources for school improvement to meet the needs of ELLs
  • Includes multiple case studies in each chapter that describe school leaders' situations, decisions, and actions related to leading for positive change for ELLs. Each case is followed by discussion questions meant to incite critical dialogue or reflection
  • Includes quick reference charts in each chapter designed to guide principals in implementing chapter concepts
  • Offers "Consider This" sections in each chapter with questions, statistics, and quick facts for school leaders
  • Provides "In the Principal's Voice" narratives where principals share their first-person perspectives on issues related to the content of each chapter


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Betty J. Alford

Betty J. Alford is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) in Nacogdoches, Texas, in addition to serving as doctoral program coordinator and teaching in both the principal preparation and doctoral programs at the university. Since 1999, she has served as lead writer for federal and state educational partnership grants totaling over ten million dollars. She has served as project director of the East Texas Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) grant, as principal investigator for a second GEAR UP grant, as co-principal investigator for a College and Career Readiness grant, as project director for a School Leadership grant, and as project director for the Project English Language Acquisition Center of Excellence (ENLACE). In 2008, she received the SFASU Foundation Faculty Achievement Award for Research. Previous awards include the department’s Teaching Excellence Award and the SFASU Chapter Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year award. From 2004 to 2007, she served as a member of the Board for the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and serves as editor of the NCPEA Yearbook for 2011. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from The University of Texas at Austin, a master’s degree in educational supervision and counseling with certification as a school principal from SFASU. Her doctoral degree in Educational Administration was from The University of Texas in Austin. Her experiences in public school include service as a school principal, a school counselor, and an elementary, middle, and high school teacher.
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Mary Catherine Niño

Mary Catherine Niño is Associate Director for Project ENLACE, a school-university professional development partnership aimed at increasing English language learner achievement at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Dr. Niño was a secondary English, Social Studies, and Reading teacher for ten years in Texas before entering educational leadership. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and graduate degrees in Educational Leadership. Realizing the need for a stronger development of content teachers’ knowledge of second language acquisition processes, she worked with faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas to foster this knowledge in pre-service teacher curriculum and in professional development school sites. Responding to the changing demographics of her students, Dr. Niño developed a responsive curriculum approach which incorporated student experience, interest, language needs, and content into a cohesive approach to student learning. From this work, she has developed quality professional development for pre-service and in-service teachers and principals. Dr. Niño continues to consult with area schools, model teaching in classes, working with area ESL coaches and teachers, and sharing her experiences as a content teacher integrating language development into core curriculum.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Authors



1. Preparing for Success: Strengthening a Culture of Academic Achievement

2. Advocating for Student Success

3. Strengthening Knowledge of Second Language Acquisition

4. The Principal’s Role in Building Capacity Through Quality Professional Development

5. Strengthening Home-School-Community-University Connections

6. Resources for School Improvement in Meeting the Needs of ELLs





Price: $39.95
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