California Steps Up Focus on English-Language Learners
State chief taps an ELL expert to head new special division
California's schools chief has assigned a team of experts to focus exclusively on the needs of California's estimated 1.5 million English-language learners as the state embarks on numerous initiatives to improve the achievement of students who are learning English in public schools.
Karen Cadiero-Kaplan , an education professor at San Diego State University who has specialized in training teachers to work with English learners, joined the California Department of Education late last month to direct its newly formed English Learner Support Division.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson tapped Ms. Cadiero-Kaplan to lead the division that he formed six months ago after educators, advocates, and staff members in the state department of education said the achievement of ELLs was among the most pressing education...
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