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From theory to implementation: Examining EL certification requirements through the lens of local context

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  • Adrienne Johnson Missouri Western State University
  • Elizabeth Thorne Wallington Missouri Western State University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.5253

Keywords:

Teacher Certification, English Learner, Geospatial modeling, Student Achievement

Abstract

With growing English learner (EL) populations enrolling in districts throughout the United States, educators must be trained to meet the needs of this culturally and linguistically diverse population. However, the approaches used to meet this growing teacher training need vary widely, with little available research on how different approaches impact student success. The current paper uses geospatial mapping to examine how states’ EL teacher certification requirements are related to the academic success of English learners in those states. The results of this study suggest that state EL teacher certification requirements are related to student outcomes and that geographic location moderates those results. The geospatial mapping technique utilized in this study improves the accessibility of available data to the general population and policy makers.

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Author Biographies

Adrienne Johnson, Missouri Western State University

Adrienne Johnson is an Associate Profession in the Department of Education at Missouri Western State University. Adrienne teaches courses that prepare teachers to support culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Adrienne’s research focuses on second language acquisition, language processing, and applying language theory to language policy and practice.

 

Elizabeth Thorne Wallington, Missouri Western State University

Elizabeth Thorne Wallington is an Assistant Professor at Missouri Western State University.  Elizabeth teaches classes related to language development and literacy. Her research interests include how policy and practice impact diverse learners across geographic locations.

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Published

2021-08-16 — Updated on 2021-08-17

How to Cite

Johnson, A., & Thorne Wallington, E. (2021). From theory to implementation: Examining EL certification requirements through the lens of local context. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 29. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.29.5253

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