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Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) supports English language learners and their teachers with a unique approach to engage and accelerate students’ academic literacy and content knowledge. The QTEL approach features high challenge and high support – for teachers as well as students.

About Us

WestEd’s Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) is a unique professional development initiative that provides educators with the tools they need to help all students achieve college and career-readiness in the 21st century.

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Research and Results

QTEL’s pedagogy is characterized by the following principles: high expectations, sustained academic rigor, quality teacher and student interactions, and a focus on language and quality curricula. Here you will find studies that document the effectiveness of QTEL professional development at a sampling of schools that have implemented QTEL’s vision of quality teaching for English learners, as well as studies conducted by QTEL for outside partners.

Success Stories

Strong partnerships are key to the success of professional development that is sustained, comprehensive, and of the highest quality. Our partners include such diverse institutions as the largest school district in the nation and a middle school serving students in an agricultural community. We also collaborate with universities nationally and internationally, sharing our research as well as learning from the research of others.

What We Do

QTEL’s professional development offerings include intensive workshops and institutes as well as sustained work with districts and schools. QTEL’s research and development services include developing and piloting instructional materials and conducting studies of teacher professional development and interventions for English language learners.

Summer Institutes

Join national and international educators at our next QTEL Summer Institutes to learn how to deliberately plan and implement instruction for ELLs that builds student autonomy and aligns to new standards.