Kris Gutierrez is an expert on the education of English-language learners and has been selected to be a member of the education policy working group of President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team. She’s a professor of social-research methodology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She’s also one of the 11 members of the U.S. Department of Education’s Reading First Advisory Committee. I quoted her in October 2007 in an article I wrote about how many educators and experts felt that Reading First, a program authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act, had to be refined to be more effective for ELLs.
Here’s an excerpt from my Oct. 24 article:
My opinion is we have a long ways to go to meet the needs of English-language learners under the current policies and practices of Reading First,” Ms. Gutiérrez said. Among the program’s problems, she said, are that students’ reading skills are tested before they learn English, the literacy curriculum is too narrow, and teachers are not prepared to work with ELLs.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Learning the Language blog.