knows a lot about curriculum.
After all, he has a master's degree in Curriculum Instruction and School Administration and has been teaching for the past 16 years.
But, it wasn't until he
enrolled in UCR Extension's CLAD Through CTEL (Cross-Cultural English and Academic Development through California Teachers of English Learners) certificate program that he
learned how to address the specific needs of his
students, who were learning English.
said the program helped him improve his
teaching and rekindled his
passion for writing curriculum.
relied on standard curriculum provided by the district.
own additional lessons tailored to his
student's needs, making them more effective for those who are learning English.
"As a result, the students seem happier, their grades are better and they are more involved," said Ferrin
, who runs a program for at-risk students in the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
Ferrin is also a member of the Palmdale School District Board of Trustees.