Quality Teaching for English Learners (QTEL) was created in 1999 by WestEd's Teacher Professional Development Program under the direction of Aída Walqui. QTEL improves the capacity of teachers to support the linguistic, conceptual, and academic development of adolescent English learners, both immigrant and U.S.-born. QTEL's professional development offerings include sustained work with districts and schools as well as open enrollment institutes. QTEL also develops and pilot tests instructional materials and conducts studies of teacher professional development and interventions for English language learners.
Customized Professional Development
In partnership with schools and districts, QTEL designs professional development that ranges from districtwide implementation to intensive work with whole schools and classroom coaching of individual teachers. An option to certify local staff developers to sustain and expand QTEL implementation is also available. more »
An understanding of sociocultural theory and instructional scaffolding is built into all QTEL professional development, along with customized attention to reading, English language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and English as a second language (ESL). more »
Many teachers come to know QTEL during our various five-day summer institutes.
A five-day institute for principals, assistant principals, and curriculum coordinators complements the teacher institutes.
Research and Development
QTEL has developed and field tested an evolving body of research-based tools and processes in the form of multimedia modules. more »
Studies by QTEL
QTEL undertakes studies for outside groups and sponsors. Currently, for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, QTEL is looking at the impact of a range of promising practices for the instruction of middle school English language learners. more »
Studies about QTEL
In June 2012, QTEL published a report, outlining the impact of QTEL professional development in two large districts, Austin Independent School District and San Diego Unified School District over the course of several years (2006-2010). more »