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Advocating for English Learners

  • Title:Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators
  • Author:Diane Staehr Fenner
  • Publication Date:September 2013
  • Grade Level:PreK-12
  • ISBN:9781452257693
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

English Learners (ELs) are the fastest-growing segment of the K–12 population.  But ELs and their families—who are in the process of learning English and navigating an often-unfamiliar education system—may not have a powerful enough voice to articulate their needs.  Consequently, all teachers and administrators must advocate for this all-important diverse group of students who will become tomorrow’s workforce. This book demystifies the techniques of advocacy for ELs, including:

  • A shared sense of responsibility for EL success - Providing tools that every educator can use to ensure that ELs are effectively served;
  • An overview for administrators - Influencing policy and fostering a culture that meets EL needs;
  • Advocacy for ELs’ success beyond Grade 12 - Equipping ELs for life after graduation, from higher education to career decisions.

ELs will continue to grow in number, and leaving them and their families voiceless is simply not an option. No educator can miss this essential book.


Author Bio

Diane Staehr Fenner is the president of SupportEd, LLC (formerly DSF Consulting), a woman-owned small business that provides educators in English learners’ education the skills and resources they need to champion ELs’ success within and beyond their classrooms. At SupportEd, Diane serves as project lead for all the team’s work providing professional development, programmatic support, and research to school districts, states, organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education. Diane is an author of four books, a blogger for the Colorín Colorado website, and a frequent keynote presenter on EL education at conferences across North America.

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