Five States Tour Quality Teaching for English Learners Project in Austin, TXPolicymakers Take Gates-Funded Trip to Study ELLs
Education Week — July 12, 2010
Recently, influential education professionals from Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Virginia toured Austin, TX schools that are using Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) professional development methods. Aida Walqui, Director of the Teacher Professional Development Program at WestEd, leads the QTEL project.
The fact-finding visit focused on the implementation of QTEL in two Austin high schools. Since implementation, test scores are up for all students in the two schools, with English language learners seeing the greatest increase.
Findings from the trip are published in a policy brief by The American Youth Policy Forum.