Capstone Project Title
Amy Faust Fraser and Angela Froemming
It is challenging to meet the linguistic needs of English learners in mainstream classrooms, even for experienced and trained English-language-development teachers, and many mainstream teachers are minimally equipped to address language needs in the context of content instruction. Because English learner success in the mainstream classroom depends upon mastery of content together with proficiency in academic English, mainstream teachers need further professional development, tools, and resources in order to support English learners in their classrooms. This project proposes embedded professional development within a coaching structure focused on implementing academic-language development in mainstream instruction. Research shows that an instructional coaching model conducted as part of an iterative cycle can yield sustainable change. The cycle should include professional development focused on a narrowed topic—in this case, academic-language development—and multiple opportunities for reflective analysis. This project builds upon the English Learner in the Mainstream (ELM) Project from Hamline University, which trains EL teachers to coach mainstream teachers in integrating language development into content instruction. The coaching framework designed for this capstone incorporates a cyclical model of instructional coaching, focused on academic-language development and reflective thinking. The framework includes an overarching structure for the ELM-trained Coach to follow throughout the year, a resource guide to support the ELM Coach in delivering professional development and engaging in coaching conversations, and tools to support the mainstream teacher in implementing academic-language development throughout the coaching process.
At-risk Students, ESL/ ELLs, Reflective Practice, Coaching
Holty, Sarah K., "A Coaching Framework: Supporting Mainstream Teachers in Incorporating Academic-Language Development for English Learners" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 394.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects