As reported by Anthony Cody, California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing is considering changes to strengthen training requirements for teachers of English Language Learner students. Such students are taught be a disproportionate number of less experienced and intern teachers. This would seem to be a common sense change to provide a better education for some of the state’s neediest students. Who could possibly oppose this effort? As the article notes, “with 1.4 million English learners, this will be a significant barrier” (to the placement of TFA corps members). Apparently, this could hurt TFA’s growth plans. I thought we were supposed to do what’s best for children, not adults.
Update on 04/21/13 from EdSource: “The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will now require non-credentialed Teach For America teachers and other intern teachers to receive more training in how to teach English learners and to get weekly on-the-job mentoring and supervision.” Their vote was unanimous.