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Duality in Practice and Mentorship of an English Learner Instructional Coach

  • Delia E. Racines
  • Anastasia P. Samaras
Part of the Professional Learning book series (PROFL)

Abstract

This chapter stories the learning in, and discoveries of, an English learner (EL) instructional coach (iCoach) with mentorship from a scholar of self-study—both with a unique and deep commitment to improving their professional practices. The self-study designed by Delia began in a doctoral advanced research methods course taught by Anastasia who served as her critical mentor.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Delia E. Racines
    • 1
  • Anastasia P. Samaras
    • 2
  1. 1.EL Title I Instructional Coach with Tustin Unified School DistrictEducational Consultant with Teacher Created MaterialsUSA
  2. 2.College of Education and Human DevelopmentGeorge Mason UniversityUSA

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