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Action Research Video and Website

Greer Mancuso, a Fairfax County Public Schools teacher and PhD in education student at George Mason University, has created a video and website with the WATESOL 2020 Michael J. O'Malley Action Research Award. Both are aimed at supporting students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE).

  • She used the award to offer an incentive to teachers participating in an online action-research study circle aimed at helping the K-12 SLIFE population.

  • Greer’s collaborative action research focused on two questions:
    1- “What knowledge, skills, dispositions, and instructional strategies do experienced ESOL teachers identify as being important for ESOL teachers to now possess in order to best support the development of ELs with interrupted schooling in their classes?”
    2- “Given current demographic changes in the ESOL population, what expanded knowledge do these ESOL teachers identify as being needed (or optimal) to support their work with ELs with interrupted schooling?" 

The action research project was conducted online with 10 teachers across the country over an approximately three-month period. In the project, participants engaged in weekly online communications, data collection, and data analysis. They met online to discuss and support each other with current situations, needs, and successes in working with ELLs.

See the short video and website that Greer created to describe the project and its results:
(Video) https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cYjObGmBAv

(Website) https://sites.google.com/view/slifesife-resources/home?authuser=0


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