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TESOL P-12 Professional Standards for Teacher Preparation: Practical Applications


Diane Staehr Fenner, Fairfax, Virginia
Natalie Kuhlman, La Jolla, California


Time: 10:30 am–12:00 pm U.S. EDT; 2:30 pm–4:00 pm GMT (To find the program start time in your local area click here)


Deadline: Thursday, 7 June
Cost: Free for members; US$45 for nonmembers
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More About This Seminar

In 1999, TESOL became a member organization of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and began developing standards for the national recognition of P–12 English as a second language (ESL) teacher education programs. These standards, initially approved in 2001 and revised in 2009, were developed in close consultation with TESOL’s members as well as other experts and practitioners in the field. They represent what preservice teaching candidates earning their initial licensure in ESL should know and be able to do in order to effectively teach ELLs.
This virtual seminar provides an overview of the TESOL P-12 Professional Standards and explains the need for professional standards for teachers of ELLs. It then illustrates practical applications of the standards to (1) ESL teacher education program development, (2) NCATE recognition of ESL teacher education programs, and (3) professional development of in-service teachers.

What Will I Learn?

Participants will
  • have a better understanding of the content of the P-12 professional standards and how they were created.
  • learn how to apply the P-12 professional standards in ESL program development, preparing NCATE/CAEP reports, and professional development for in-service teachers.
  • learn how the standards can be used in foreign language programs around the world
  • Target audiences: P-12 U.S. educators: classroom teachers; ESL teacher licensure program developers; school, district, and state professional development leaders; P-12 ESL teacher educators; those preparing NCATE/CAEP reports
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About the Presenters

Dr. Natalie A. Kuhlman is Professor Emeritus in the Policy Studies Department, College of Education, San Diego State University. She is the co-author of the TESOL P-12 Professional Standards for Teacher Preparation: Practical Applications and author of An Introduction to Language Assessment in the K-12 Classroom, and Language Observation Task System, an observation protocol to assess the language development of P-12 English Learners. She is the past president of CATESOL and served on the board of directors of both the NCATE (2004-2010) and TESOL (1996-1999). She was an original member of the TESOL P-12 ESL Teacher Standards team (1999-2012). Most recently Dr. Kuhlman has worked in Albania, Uruguay, and Ecuador to apply the TESOL standards to English teacher training in those countries.

Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner is a trilingual educator and researcher with two decades of experience in the instruction, assessment, and support of English Learners (ELLs). She is the president of DSF Consulting, a woman-owned small business that specializes in ELL achievement at the P-12 level. Since 2007, Dr. Staehr Fenner has supported TESOL as its NCATE program coordinator. In this ongoing consulting role, she oversees the application of TESOL’s P-12 professional teaching standards to ESL teacher education programs throughout the United States. She co-authored The TESOL P-12 Professional Standards: Practical Applications and is writing her next book on ELL education. She was a committee member for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ revision of its English as a New Language Standards, advisor for Education Week’s “Quality Counts 2009,” and committee member to revise Florida's ESOL teacher performance standards.