|Belinda G. Gimbert, Ph.D
Senior Project Manager
Educators & Families for English Learners
EFs4ELs (Educators & Families for English Learners) is an innovative project designed to provide pre-service and in-service teachers in high needs school districts with professional learning to improve instruction for English learners. EFs4ELs, sponsored by the US Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition, serves teachers in Ohio, Texas, and the District of Columbia. The project’s goal is to provide research-driven professional development (PD) and coaching for pre- and in-service teachers and enhance family partnerships with families to improve academic achievement of English language learners.
Led by The Ohio State University, this consortium’s diverse partners include six community organizations (Center for Inspired Teaching, Latin American Youth Center, Briya PCS & Mary’s Center, Family & Children First Council, Somali Community Association of OH, & Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services), a state education agency (Harris County Department of Education), and Educational Solutions, DC & Youth Policy Institute, NY.
EFs4ELs addresses the need for professional learning in English Language Learning instruction and partnerships with families in a number of ways: (1) developing and implementing online PD via virtual learning network to enhance and refine EL-pedagogical content knowledge, (2) providing face-to-face PD surrounding instructional best practices for ELs, (3) developing turnkey training for instructional specialists to sustain effective PD, (4) advancing student focused coaching to support EL academic language acquisition, and (5) training teachers and staff to adopt a response to intervention (RTI) and trauma-informed strategies to de-escalate classroom conflict.
Educational Studies faculty, Dr. Belinda Gimbert, postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Ryan Kapa and Center Education and Training Employment staff Rebecca Parker, Beth Crawford, Greg Nagy, and James Harvey lead the partnership effort.
(EFs4ELs is funded by the US Department of Education from the Office of English Language Acquisition (2017-2022))