According to research by Corban Assistant Professor of Education Christie Petersen, Ed.D., elementary school principals play a bigger role in the success of English language learners in high poverty schools than previously realized.
Her new book, “Transformational Leadership,” is based on research she conducted with elementary school principals between 2007 and 2010. Her study was focused on three main questions surrounding cultural expectations, best instructional practices, school leadership characteristics and effective approaches to serving ELL students.
“This topic continues to be a concern for administrators given the persistent achievement gap between ELLs and their peers at the secondary level despite some gains in the primary grade levels,” Petersen said. “I think this will be a resource that can guide school administrators as they work through these challenges.”