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Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators

Diane Staehr Fenner

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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.

Chapter 1 - Need for Advocacy for English Learners

Chapter 2 - Creating a Shared Sense of Responsibility for Teaching English Learners

Chapter 3 - How Teachers Can Collaborate to Expand Advocacy Efforts for ELs

Chapter 4 - Advocacy Overview for School and District Administrators

Chapter 5 - Increasing EL Families’ Involvement Through Building Their Advocacy Capacity

Chapter 6 - Advocacy Through Effective Instruction of ELs

Chapter 7 - Advocating for ELs in Assessment

Chapter 8 - Advocacy for ELs’ Success Beyond Grade 12

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Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, president and founder of SupportEd, established 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 educational learning books. 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.

ISBN: 9781452257693

Release Date: September 2013

Page Count: 264

Publisher: Corwin

Format: Paperback 

Language: English

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