In 2013, TESOL International Association brought together 30 ESL teachers and administrators, education experts, researchers, and thought leaders from Maryland and the District of Columbia to start a conversation on how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will change the roles of those who teach English as a second language (ESL). With its mission of advancing excellence in English language teaching and learning worldwide, TESOL saw the urgent need to give ESL teachers a venue to speak about the CCSS. ESL teachers have been largely absent from the conversation around this important education reform, yet they will play a critical role in its successful implementation for English language learners. This report summarizes the discussions that took place at the convening and highlights the topics that emerged from the conversation. It first provides background on the role of the ESL teacher in the CCSS and then shares findings that arose from the convening. It also weaves in authentic ESL teacher and administrator voices from convening participants.
TESOL International Association. (2013, April). Implementing the Common Core State Standards for English Learners: The Changing Role of the ESL Teacher. Alexandria VA: Author.