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Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators / Edition 1

Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators / Edition 1

by Diane Staehr Fenner


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Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators / Edition 1

Embrace the future by ensuring English Learners have a voice in school.

English Learners (ELs) are the fastest-growing segment of the K–12 population. Therefore, educators must provide a voice for their needs. 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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452257693
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 463,335
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

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. Diane was a research associate at George Washington University’s Center for Excellence and Equity in Education, 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 Veracruz, Mexico and Berlin, Germany. Diane 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, three elementary age kids who are in a Spanish immersion program in their public school, a dog, a few fish, and an elderly hamster. Diane speaks fluent Spanish and German, grew up on a dairy farm in New York State’s Finger Lakes region. You can connect with her via email at or on Twitter at @DStaehrFenner.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
1. Need for Advocacy for English Learners
2. Creating a Shared Sense of Responsibility for Teaching English Learners
3. How ESL Teachers Can Collaborate to Expand Advocacy Efforts for ELs
4. Advocacy Overview for School and District Administrators
5. Increasing EL Families' Involvement Through Building Their Advocacy Capacity
6. Advocacy Through Effective Instruction of ELs
7. Advocating for ELs in Assessment
8. Advocacy for ELs' Success Beyond Grade 12

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