Summer 2017


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Maggie Struck

Content Expert

Joan Smisek


With the increasing number of English Learners entering schools across the nation, there is an increased need for high-quality English as a Second Language teachers. (Watlington, Shockley, Guglielmino, and Felsher, 2010) School districts spend time and money to hire and recruit high-quality teachers. Many teachers in various districts face an overwhelming workload. Due to the overwhelming workload, many teachers leave the profession. Districts are faced with increased costs to recruit and hire quality teachers. (Brill and McCartney, 2008; Cha and Cohen Vogel, 2011; Sharplin, O’Neill and Chapman, 2011) Students’ education is compromised when the turnover rate is high. (Kraft, Marinell, and Shen-Wei Yee 2016) This research project addresses the reasons teachers leave the teaching profession and what can be done to retain high-quality teachers. The project artifact provides a guidebook for English as a Second Language teachers. The intent of the project artifact is to ease the workload of English as a Second Language teachers in order to increase retention. The increase in English as a Second Language teacher retention rates will defer district costs as well as raise the quality of education English Learners experience.

Project Type

Field Guide Project


Community Building, ESL/ ELLs, Teachers/ Teaching

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Education Commons