Are programmatic changes and professional development all we need to do?
Changing the type of program itself is not enough for students to be successful. Everyone knows that a great teacher has the most impact on student learning. However, even a great teacher needs resources and materials to provide effective instruction. New this year is the use of materials that are appropriate for English-language learners at various proficiency levels and that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
Jaana Thorarensen is the ELL director for the Salem Public Schools. This is one in a regular series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.