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Want to Connect with Other Teachers Interested in English Language Learners?

By: NWP Staff
Publication: The Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 1
Date: 2004

Summary: An invitation to teachers to become part of NWP's ELL network, which supports education about and awareness of English language learners' issues and sponsors opportunities for teachers to reflect on their ELL practices.

 

The National Writing Project English Language Learners (ELL) Network brings together writing project sites and teachers from across the country to support the teaching and writing of English language learners. The ELL Network supports education about and awareness of English language learners' issues in writing project sites and sponsors opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice in relation to students learning English. And, as Dana Dusbiber, chair of the ELL Network's National Leadership Team points out, any opportunity for teachers to examine their work—particularly in a collaborative environment—will certainly yield better results for everyone involved. Said Dusbiber, "We want to get better at what we do, and often the best way to do that is to talk about our practice and examine ways to make it better."

In addition to maintaining an extensive bibliography and sponsoring sessions at the NWP Annual Meeting, the ELL Network offers minigrants to member sites to strengthen their work with language issues and sponsors an annual writing retreat for teachers writing about their work with English language learners. "Those of us who teach language learners," Dusbiber stated, "have sought to have a voice as advocates for our students. We know that the work we do not only educates our students . . . but also pushes us toward a larger view of what it means to be an educator in this country today."

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