The ELL Shadowing professional development is a three-day series in which K-12 teachers experience a day in the life of an English language learner.
Throughout each three-day session, participants complete readings, shadow an ELL at their school, and try on new research-based strategies in their classrooms. For graduate units, participants must participate in an ELL Shadowing training through a local school district or county office of education.
The ELL Shadowing process is based on the book, ELL Shadowing as a Catalyst for Change by Ivannia Soto. It is an ethnographic research process that has been used widely in California, as well as New York, Illinois, and New Mexico. In 2018, the Education Trust- West recognized ELL Shadowing as a promising practice.
In order to earn graduate units, educators must complete the following steps: