The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has designed a training program called STEP T for ELLs, which stands for Secondary Teacher Education and Professional Training for English Language Learners. This program was funded by a professional development grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) from 2007-2012. The UMBC Department of Education worked in consortium with Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), Howard County Public School System (HCPSS), and Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to develop this training program.
The STEP T for ELLs Program helps secondary teachers of math, science, and social studies to provide effective instruction to ESOL students. This program provides professional development in the following areas:
Profiles of English Language Learners (ELLs)
Building Academic Literacy
Vocabulary Building Strategies
Adapting Assessment and Instruction
This program builds an understanding of who our ELLs are and how to communicate across cultures effectively. In addition, the unique design of our training program exposes teachers to instructional strategies that are specific to their content area.
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