In Livermore, Calif., administrators say that having certification to teach ELLs is a credential that can help teachers to keep their jobs during layoffs in cases where teachers are tied in the amount of seniority they have, according to a March 5 article in The Independent (see 4th to last paragraph). The Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has sent preliminary layoff notices to 25 teachers in the mail. The final notification happens May 15.
Readers, are you finding this true in other school districts, that having certification to teach English-language learners is providing job security during these hard economic times?
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.