Capstone Project Title
This project was shaped from experiences as an ESL teacher, classroom teacher, and teacher mentor led me to research how teachers improve their practices, particularly around language learners in the mainstream classroom. The question became how can implementing a mentoring program support elementary classroom teachers in changing their practices with language learners. The research led in two directions: effective professional development and best practices with language learners. Based on this research, a determination was made that in order to support teachers in developing their practices with language learners, a mentoring program focusing on four specific areas – vocabulary, syntax, oral language development, and identity – would be beneficial. The project is a guidebook for mentors to work with teachers on their practice. The guidebook provides ways to set up a mentoring relationship, tools for observations and feedback, as well as best practices to employ for language learning. The intent is to give a mentor the tools they need to support teacher growth. The goal of this project is to improve teacher practice through on-going mentoring support to meet the needs of language learners in the mainstream elementary classroom.
Adult Education, ESL/ ELLs, Leadership, Reflective Practice
Callaghan Done, Elizabeth, "Using On-Going Mentoring to Support Elementary Teachers of Language Learners" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 731.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects