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Feature Articles

  • Fixing the Educator Shortage at the District Level

    Sarah J. Kaka, Robert Mitchell, and Grant Clayton
    If you speak to any school district leader or principal about their daily challenges, many refer to the ongoing shortages of teachers, principals, and special service providers in their buildings. This ongoing shortage of qualified and interested educators creates considerable challenges for classroom leaders and school administrators in the U.S. and beyond
  • Illinois Teacher Shortage and the Effect on English Learners

    Karen Garibay-Mulattieri and Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro
    Issues regarding the Illinois teacher shortage are receiving increasing public attention. A long-standing concern within the teacher shortage focuses on bilingual endorsed educators — those that can demonstrate fluency in a language other than English. Longitudinal research contends that support of a child’s home language development over time not only builds English proficiency, but also provides enduring positive effects on their academic achievement. By valuing the skills and content knowledge students possess in their home language, the educational focus moves away from remediating students’ English language skills.

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