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Boost Job Security; Get Certified to Teach ELLs


A few blog entries ago, I noted that teachers with certification to teach ELLs had more job security than those without it during layoffs at one California school district. A blog reader sent me a news article reporting that the school board of Community Unit School District 300 in Carpentersville, Ill., recently voted to lay off 46 teachers, including all its 32 general education first-year teachers.

The March 11 article in the Northwest Herald notes that the layoffs didn't include special education or bilingual teachers.

Update: But in Moreno Valley Unified School District in California the school board approved the district's recommendation for layoffs that included nine English-language-learner specialists.


Should we be having a conversation about job security or fundamentally about what is best for English learners? I wholeheartedly agree that anyone without an English learner teaching authorization should either be laid off before others who don't have an authorization ,especially in district's with large populations of English learners. People have had enough time to get their EL certification and I find it disheartening that many people are jumping on the bandwagon towards getting their certification just so that they can keep their job. I would like to have faith that people would get their authorization because it is the right thing to do towards the education of ELs.

I find your commet to be well intended, yet it is often a misconception that certification is the ultimate measuring variable to teaching ELL's. There are other relevant factors, such as cultural awareness that a certification does not measure. In this day and age of multi-lungual and cultural effectivess there are other factors to take into account.

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