Webinar: A Paraprofessional’s Guide to Mastering Multilingual Learners

Tuesday, October 18 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET

Join SupportEd dive into the world for Multilingual Learners and paraprofessionals.

This session’s objectives include:

  • Exploring the roles that paraprofessionals might take when working in classrooms with multilingual learners.
  • Discussing strategies to make effective use of paraprofessionals working with multilingual learners.
  • Examining some techniques to build effective communication and collaboration between paraprofessionals and teachers
  • Applying what you’ve learned in the session to strengthening the role of the ML paraprofessional in your own context.

Session Facilitators


Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD

Diane Staehr Fenner, Ph.D., is the president of SupportEd and founded the company in 2011 as a way to serve educators who work to help multilingual learners (MLs) realize their full potential. Dr. Staehr Fenner is an author of six books (including Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for EquityUnlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible, and Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators). She is a frequent keynote presenter on ML education at conferences across North America. She spent a decade as an ESOL teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ESOL assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA and taught English in Mexico and Germany. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education with an emphasis in Literacy at George Mason University. She earned her MAT in TESOL at the School for International Training and her Masters in German at Penn State University. She lives in Fairfax, VA with her husband and three school-age kids who learned math and science through Spanish in their public elementary school. Dr. Staehr Fenner grew up on a dairy farm in New York State’s Finger Lakes region and is a first-generation college graduate.

Sydney Snyder, PhD

Sydney began working for SupportEd as a way to build on her passion for advocacy and educational equity for ELs that flourished during her time as an ESOL teacher. She is the co-author of two books (Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity and Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessible). She has significant experience in developing and conducting interactive professional development for teachers of ELs. Sydney led a project for the National Education Association to create and pilot blended professional development modules focused on the instruction and assessment of ELs, advocacy for ELs, second language acquisition, and culture. She has also created and facilitated professional development that focuses on research-based strategies to support ELs’ language development and academic achievement for teachers in multiple states. Sydney also brings significant experience developing curriculum, writing literature reviews, and facilitating working group meetings. For the U.S. Department Education in partnership with the American Institutes for Research, Sydney helped convene a panel to select a set of English language proficiency standards for adults and is leading the development of an online module to provide training on the standards.