Date of Award

Spring 2014

Document Type

Poster Session

Department

Social Work

First Advisor

Vincent Faherty, DSW, MBA

Keywords

secondary education, english language learner, portland

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to identify the demographic characteristics of English Language Learner (ELL) students who successfully complete secondary education in the Portland Public Schools. The first phase of this project involves identifying ELL educators and staff to participate in interviews about this demographic and the curriculum used. This information is analyzed using Qualitative Data Analysis(QDA) to determine if there are any similar concepts or themes in the information gathered. The school and home environment and prior education experience were examined. Additionally, protective factors in the school or community were explored to see these factors made on the academic success of students. Identifying patterns of success allows us to gain some understanding of how to best accommodate the growing number of ELL students in the community.

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