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Metro Schools chosen for nationwide English language learner professional development pilot

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Metro Schools is one of six large urban districts in the U.S. chosen to implement the first course of a new professional development resource for English language learner (ELL) educators by the Council of Great City Schools. The results of the pilot will be used to create courses nationally for educators who teach english language learners.

The pilot began in October and will be complete by the end of December, according to Kevin Stacy, Metro Schools executive director of the Office of English Learners.

"I am honored that the Council of Great City Schools has seen our hard work and has asked us to be a part of this professional development trial. This learning is an extension of the work we have begun to ensure our ELs are challenged with complex and compelling text," Stacy said.

Metro Schools was chosen because it is familiar with the work of Lily Wong Fillmore, Jeff Zwiers and other nationally-recognized experts who are involved in content development of English language learner resources, according to the Council of Great City Schools. The second course, to be launched nationally in January 2017, is related to academic conversations in mathematics as part of an enhancement to initiatives already being implemented by Metro Schools ELL coaches.

"MNPS teachers and staff are playing a critical role in shaping valuable, job-embedded professional development that will be implemented by urban colleagues nationwide," said Debra Hopkins, ELL Project Manager for the Council of Great City Schools. "Their specific, actionable feedback related to experiences delivering the trial course has already been rolled into a new and improved iteration of the course, which will be rolled out nationally in 2017."