Fall 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Patty Born Selly


The primary research question for this project is: do mainstream teacher attitudes towards English Language Learners affect student learning and how? This capstone project presents literature about the correlation between teacher attitudes and student learning, describes research surrounding mainstream teacher attitudes towards ELL inclusion, training, modifications, and language backgrounds, and identifies research-based information mainstream teachers should know about ELLs. The project following the research is a professional development training compiling strategies, resources, theories, and research for mainstream teachers teaching ELLs. The professional development is designed to be presented to K-12 mainstream teachers who are teaching ELLs in their classroom. The goal of the professional development is to give teachers confidence in teaching ELLs and teach the value of positive relationships with ELLs. The project begins with a pre-test and ends with a post-test to help the presenter determine effectiveness of the professional development and for the audience to reflect on their current state and their learning.

Project Type

Professional Development


ESL/ ELLs, Staff Development

Included in

Education Commons