Colorado English Language Learner
Colorado English Language Learner Educator Professional Development Pathways
In Spring 2017, the State Board of Education directed staff to work with an English Language Learners (ELL) Stakeholder Group to make recommendations regarding professional development pathways for new and current teachers who work with English learners. Colorado now has the sixth-highest number of English language learners in the country.
CDE staff presented six options for the board to consider. The options offered flexibility for educators and included strategies that could be district led, online, embedded in educator preparation programs, offered through third parties and based on experience.
After considering all the options, the board directed staff to draft proposed rules based on two options:
- Embedding English Language Learner requirements in all Colorado-approved educator preparation programs, and
- Requiring core teachers who serve in districts with higher percentages of English learners to have professional development on strategies for serving English learners.
Additional opportunities for the public and educators to provide feedback will be provided as soon as the rules are drafted.