QTEL supports teachers of English Learners to develop capacity in creating high challenge learning opportunities for students while simultaneously offering high levels of support. With the ultimate goal of promoting long-term academic success for students, QTEL’s work focuses on providing educators with services that address the individual needs and challenges of schools and districts.
In order to facilitate the implementation of the knowledge gained during QTEL professional development, this page offers educators tools and resources for lesson planning, and self-reflection. These resources can be adapted for specific classroom contexts across the disciplines.
Since the 2016-17 academic school year, the School District of Philadelphia through the office of Multilingual Curriculum and Programs has collaborated with QTEL to provide intensive, discipline-specific, professional development institutes for 6th-12th grade teachers of English Learners.
In 2019-2021, the SDP School Board voted to support an expansion of this professional development at three secondary school sites. This approach includes a site-based leadership team, concentrated onsite coaching with teacher leaders in all core disciplines and the creation of Professional Learning Communities with teachers of English Learners.
Reading High School
Since 2019, Reading High School has had a multi-year partnership with QTEL. In the first phase in 2019, QTEL worked with RHS to develop an academic plan for English Learner Success. In the next phase, QTEL collaborated with RHS leadership to introduce the plan to the staff so that teachers could begin implementation of suggested structures and instructional models to realize aspects of the plan. In the current phase, QTEL is developing educator capacity to enhance instruction and learning opportunities so that students can realize the learning and outcomes proposed in the plan.
To continue QTEL’s collaboration with RHS to deepen and expand educators’ expertise to support the academic success of English Learners and other underserved populations at RHS, QTEL presents this google resource site to support educators at Reading High School.