Creating equitable environments for English language learners in the age of accountability

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Candice Bailey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Carl Lashley

Abstract: The demographic composition of the American classroom reflects the diversity of society as a whole. The cultural, language, and ethnic diversity of students is often celebrated, but it also presents challenges for educators responsible for providing instruction for the students. The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which some educators have prepared to address language diversity and the strategies and techniques they have used to create equitable learning environments for English Language Learners (ELLs). A comparative case study was conducted to gain insight into the characteristics of an equitable environment for ELLs and the practices school principals, English as a Second Language (ESOL) teachers, and regular education teachers use to foster and create equitable learning environment. Data were collected through individual interviews and document reviews of the School Improvement Plan (SIP) and the Title I plan of each school site. Analysis of data resulted in four premises. Characteristics of equitable environments for ELLs create a sense of belonging for students and their families and increase engagement. Equitable environments offer professional respect and support for teachers and include respect for student and family learning opportunities. Outcomes for ELL student improve when deliberate strategies to provide access to resources and the curriculum are in place. Ultimately, equitable environments empower ELL students, their families, and educators to fully participate in the teaching and learning process and support the improvement of outcomes for all students.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2016
Accountability, English language learners, Equity, School administration
Educational equalization $v Case studies
Educational accountability $v Case studies
English language $x Study and teaching $x Foreign speakers
School principals
English language teachers

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