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2014 Conference

May 8–9, 2014

Framingham, MA

MATSOL 2014 Conference: Online Program

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Leadership for ELLS: Shifting administrator roles in the context of demographic & policy change

Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM–3:15 PM EDT
Grande South
Session Abstract

A significant body of literature examines school leadership in the context of changing demographics. English language learners (ELL) continue to be one of the most rapidly increasing school populations across the United States and are persistently identified as underperforming relative to English language proficient peers on measures of student achievement. These challenges are compounded by the accountability demands of recent educational policies, such as the new educator evaluation system and the RETELL initiative. This review seeks to synthesize what is currently known about school-level administrators and their role in the education of ELL students. We will summarize key findings, emerging patterns, and effective practices as identified through this growing research base. The review concludes with implications for school-level administrators who navigate the unique pedagogical, social, and cultural conditions required to support linguistically diverse student populations.

Session Type

Invited Speaker

Session Length

Practice-Oriented Presentation (45 minutes)

Elementary Educators
Secondary Educators
Program Administrators
Teacher Educators
Topic Strand

Professional Development/Teacher Education

Lead Presenter

Dr. Rebecca Lowenhaupt, Lynch School of Education at Boston College
Biographical Statement

Dr. Rebecca Lowenhaupt is an assistant professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her work focuses on educational leadership in the context of immigration, with an emphasis on the role of school principals in supporting English Language Learners.



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