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Transforming Schools for English Learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders

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"The author provides practical suggestions to help school administrators, policymakers, and stakeholders build a school environment where an English language learner program can flourish." (Ann Campagna, Coordinator 2010-11-05)

"Every school that has English learners should invest in this book.  Because Zacarian has worked in the field of language minority education for more than 20 years, the policies, practices, and structures she recommends are solid.  Using vignettes, research, and numerous situated examples, she demonstrates how schools can help English learners thrive and feel fully connected." (Christian Faltis, PhD 2010-12-14)

“This book addresses issues that school administrators new to EL instruction need to know. Each chapter contains useful tools that deal with student assessment, placement, and monitoring. The included home language survey and descriptions of different tests are very useful. The section on parent engagement offers many practical ideas, as well as the rationale for working more intensely with parents.” (Margarita Calderón, Professor Emeritus 2010-12-16)

"School administrators, resource facilitators, and classroom teachers will find a wealth of strategies that address the teaching of English language learners. A variety of program models offer options for identification, placement, and classroom instruction that provide research-based, comprehensive solutions to the complex issues involved with educating students. Vignettes and glimpses of classroom practice bring the needs of students and concerns of parents to the fore. Whether a school district has a large population of English learners or is faced with designing an individualized program for just a few, this is a useful toolkit, at once theoretical and practical." (Lynne T. Díaz-Rico, Professor of Education 2011-01-04)

"This book provides school leaders with clear and constructive guidance on how to reenvision schools with growing numbers of English learners. Debbie Zacarian addresses the questions of leaders who realize that for schools that wish to succeed in the 21st century must rethink the organization, curriculum, analysis of data, assessments, and relations with families. The book is attentive to the theoretical underpinnings of second language acquisition as well as the day-to-day challenges facing school leaders." (Eileen de los Reyes, Assistant Superintendent 2011-01-12)

"This book is an excellent resource for school leaders who want to build an effective learning environment for English language learners. Zacarian covers a variety of topics, including: a summary of federal laws and how to select the right program model for your district; building an effective ESL program; establishing successful relationships with parents; designing content area lessons; and analyzing student performance. Written in a user-friendly style and based on current research, this is the book that every administrator and stake holder should have." (Judie Haynes, Author 2010-12-17)

"Dr. Zacarian clearly and succinctly identifies the frequent misunderstandings and misconceptions that can occur between families of English language learners and teachers and administrators. She uses real-life experiences to illustrate the barriers faced by these families, as well as effective solutions in helping these students access college, and helping schools integrate new immigrant families and students." (Margaret O'Hare, Director Massachusetts Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) 2010-12-31)

"This book will help teachers formulate an appropriate program model by using effective data in tandem with parental support to enhance student success. District leaders will find it a valuable navigation tool for meeting the needs of English language learners." (Sherry Gelinas, Director of Language Acquisition 2010-11-02)

"Debbie Zacarian helped us evaluate our level of ELL compliance and made excellent recommendations. I am certain that any organizations with concerns regarding ELL would benefit greatly from her expertise and her book." (Mark Condon, Assistant Superintendent and Principal 2010-11-05)

"I love this book! It is a much-needed practical guide. The scenarios are excellent! They are realistic, pertinent, and capture a range of students' and educators' experiences. The text provides a wealth of timely, accurate information, useful suggestions, and many forms, checklists, and examples." (Janette Klingner, Professor, School of Education 2011-01-12)

"This book provides clear, concise and explicit recommendations for creating effective and inclusive schools that can successfully educate students and engage families of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The proven strategies and structures outlined in this book will help schools successfully address the complex challenges of providing high quality instruction to all students. Drawing on her many years of experience with students, families, and educators, and her deep knowledge of research in the field, Dr. Zacarian weaves anecdotes and case studies from actual classrooms and schools throughout this highly accessible resource." (Louise Law, Principal 2011-01-04)

"Through carefully selected vignettes, Dr. Zacarian clearly defines the challenges that schools face to appropriately teach ELLs in a variety of contexts. She provides educators with real solutions based on research, practice, and experience. This book should be kept at arm's length when developing effective programs for English language learners." (David Valade, Director of English Language Education 2011-01-10)

"Leading the Schools with English Language Learners is recommended for administrators who have not enrolled in specific courses for ELLs, as the critical information for developing and enhancing programming and achievement is specific and can be used for district and school improvement initiatives." (Kathleen Boyden, Director of Student Services 2011-01-10)

About the Author

Debbie Zacarian is known for her work in advancing student engagement and achievement. Her explanations of current research into practical instructional, leadership, family-school engagement, and strength-based teacher evaluation systems are widely practiced.  

An expert in policies and practices, Dr. Zacarian provides professional development, strategic planning and policy work with school districts and state agencies. She served as a consultant for the Massachusetts Parent Information Resource Center and Federation for Children with Special Needs.

For over a decade, Dr. Zacarian served on the faculty of University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She was also the founding director of the Center for English Language Education and Academic Achievement at the Collaborative for Educational Services where she led and provided professional development for thousands of educators and wrote policies for many urban, suburban and rural districts.  She was also the founding director of the Amherst Public Schools bilingual and English learner programming where she and the district received many local, state and national honors.

Her professional books include:
In It Together: How student, family and community partnerships advance engagement and achievement in diverse classrooms (with Michael Silverstone)
Mastering Academic Language: A Framework for Supporting Student Achievement
Transforming Schools for English learners: A Comprehensive Framework for School Leaders
The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners (with Judie Haynes)
Teaching English Language Learners Across the Content Areas (with Judie Haynes)

In addition, CorwinTeachALL, a planning, observation, and evaluation mobile app tool for teachers, coaches, and supervisors was created in partnership with Dr. Zacarian.

Bring Debbie Zacarian to you! Debbie is available for workshops, keynotes, and consulting services. Click to learn more about her workshops:

Unleashing the Power of Academic Language
Transforming Practice Using Research-Based Data Tools
Transformational Leadership and Supervision Practices for Educators of English Learners
Supporting Success for Beginning English Language Learners

For a recording of Debbie Zacarian's webinar, Unleashing the Power of Academic Language, please click here: http://www.corwin.com/learning/zacarian.html
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin (April 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412990408
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412990400
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a former building administrator, I know that there are very few resources for creating welcoming and academically strong schools with a focus on ELs. Every chapter of this book is full of creative and workable suggestions for improving your school and creating a positive educational environment for your English learners.
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