Published In

Metropolitan Universities Journal

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Subjects

English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers, Teacher development, Bilingualism, Biculturalism, Recruitment of employees

Abstract

To address the need for teachers with the skills to effectively teach English Language Learner (ELL) students, Portland State University (PSU) collaborated with three Portland area community colleges and 17 school districts to develop a program to recruit and prepare bilingual/bicultural teachers. This nine-year-old program provides a career ladder for education paraprofessionals. Candidates begin their work at the community colleges or at the upper division or graduate levels at PSU depending upon their backgrounds. This article describes the program, assessment of the program, and lessons learned. To date, over 190 candidates have completed the program and 99 percent have been employed in partner school districts. Candidates, university faculty, and school district leaders express great satisfaction with the program, but they offer several suggestions for program refinement.

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This is the publisher's final PDF. This paper was published in Metropolitan Universities Journal and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) on behalf of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law.

Persistent Identifier

http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/11085