BELL-RL - About

English Department



About Us

What We Do

  • Professional development
    Workshops are catered to the needs of individual clients (districts/schools) and are created and executed by the faculty members who teach the topic at an institution of higher learning.

  • Consulting sessions
    Individual faculty consult/walkthrough districts and schools.

  • Teacher observations
    The faculty observe individual classrooms and offer constructive feedback that matches research-based and evidence-supported practices.

  • Needs Analysis
    We assist districts/schools in designing self-reflection tools as well as analyzing and interpreting data. 

Why This Matters

  • Numbers of English Learners
    CT is home to 541,815 students who use 175 different languages in their daily life. 80,007 consider a language other than English to be dominant, and 34,833 are identified as English language learners. This means that their overall proficiency in English is not sufficient for a typical CT pre-K-12 classroom.

  • Teacher Capacity/Shortage
    The vast majority of educational professionals in CT schools have not received instruction in internal complexities, as well as advantages, of multilingual experience.

  • Classification and Variability
    English learning is not viewed as a subject matter but as a service. Because of this classification, the type and the level of support for English learners, as well as the level of credentialing of providers, varies greatly.