PHOENIX, Ariz. (May 26, 2022) – The Arizona Department of Education today announced targeted funding for English Language Learners through a partnership with education non-profit, WestEd. “Our state’s ability to thrive is dependent on every child receiving a quality education,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “We are confident through their experience working with educators, coupled with research-backed approaches, WestEd will be able to train teachers in highly effective practices for our state’s English language learning students.”
WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) program will engage cohorts of committed practitioners across Arizona in a multi-year systemic professional learning partnership model. Participating educators will increase their capacity to recognize, design, and implement rigorous, generative instruction for all students that accelerates learning and allows them to reach their full potential.
Educators will engage English Learners in powerful opportunities to simultaneously learn language, analytical practices, and content. They will also receive much needed capacity-building support to sustain and scale the work at their school sites.
“Our WestEd staff has had the pleasure of working with the Arizona Department of Education’s leadership and practitioners to develop the English Language Proficiency Standards, the Language Development Approach, and the Structured English Immersion Program Models,” said Annette Gregg, Director of English Learner and Migrant Education Services at WestEd. “We are excited about the opportunity to support educators as they move Arizona’s guiding documents into practice and enhance instruction for Multilingual Learners.”
WestEd’s evidence-based approach has already impacted more than 300,000 students and 16,000 teachers across the country.
These projects are funded with dollars from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and are part of Arizona’s ARP School and Community Grantees. All funded projects share the goal of supporting schools, students, educators, and families as they recover from the effects of the pandemic.