BloomBoard Partners with ExcEL Leadership Academy to Support K-12 Rhode Island Teachers Working with Multilingual Learners
A new endorsement pathway will use a competency-based micro-credential program to recognize teacher professional learning
BloomBoard and ExcEL Leadership Academy announced that their combined approach to professional learning using competency-based micro-credentials has been recognized by the Rhode Island Department of Education as an official endorsement pathway in the area of multilingual learners.
Many of Rhode Island’s classroom teachers and education support staff are doing their best to work with Multilingual Learners (MLLs), but they often lack the training and support that would help them – and their students – succeed. The partnership will provide better overall school outcomes in Rhode Island by preparing K-12 teachers to work with MLLs. Using a tiered, micro-credential approach that is geared toward mainstream teachers, the endorsement pathway blends effective adult learning and instruction practices for MLLs, in which teachers progress at their own rate and demonstrate their mastery of best practices.
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“This competency-based, digitally-supported professional development tool provides a great opportunity for administrators, teachers and especially students to thrive,” said Joseph DiMartino, a parent, educator, and school board member in Rhode Island. “Through this effort, teachers in Rhode Island will be given the chance to hone their skills at reaching and teaching the large number of English Learners we have here in Rhode Island. And, because of its availability, it provides the support necessary for all teachers to become adept at teaching all students, including English Learners.”
According to Laureen Avery, ExcEL Leadership Academy Director, “This endorsement opens up a highly effective, low cost mechanism to rapidly improve the efficacy of teachers across the state, while making powerful and positive impacts on Rhode Island students.”
As educators develop and demonstrate their skill for working with MLLs, some may choose to go further in their professional learning and become an MLL specialist. In Rhode Island, educators demonstrating competence in all 12 ExcEL micro-credential areas will be able to add the Multilingual Learner Endorsement to their existing RI teaching certificate.
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“Our goal is to provide educators with opportunities to improve their classroom practice in ways that enhance student outcomes, and to advance in their careers and compensation in the process,” said Sanford Kenyon, CEO of BloomBoard. “Partnering with ExcEL to support Multilingual Learners in Rhode Island is a perfect example of our goal in action.”
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