Tag Archives: advocacy

Determining Proficiency and Monitoring ELs: What’s the Procedure?

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

Typically, this is the time of year when K–12 schools and districts would be receiving student performance data from their annual English language proficiency assessment, though this depends on when the assessment is administered. When the data are returned, schools … Continue reading

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Supporting Dually Identified English Learners

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

Online learning, distance learning, homeschooling, and virtual meetings have become more common phrases and practices over the past couple of weeks. The digital divide has been more evident than ever as students are encouraged to continue learning online while sheltering … Continue reading

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Diversity ≠ Inclusion: Avoiding Segregative Practices With ELs

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

Often, school communities and workplaces pride themselves for being diverse. I don’t doubt that such pride is valid. We are diverse in many ways. However, lately, diversity has become equated with inclusion—and this is concerning. Diversity does not mean or … Continue reading

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Committed to Serve in 2020: Supporting ELs Who Opt Out

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

Students identified as English learners (ELs) who opt out, waive services, decline to participate, or simply just say “no”: These are the students we’re going to talk about today. As EL advocates, we often focus on students who participate in … Continue reading

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Avoiding Civil Rights Violations: Staffing and Supporting EL Programs. What’s This Year’s Professional Learning Plan?

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

We are several months into the school year, and this blog is dedicated to one of my favorite topics, professional learning for the education of English learners (ELs). How many or how few of you have had at least one … Continue reading

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The Unapologetic Advocate: Advocacy is Just a Click (or Two) Away

David Cutler
David Cutler

After a summer hiatus, which included a successful 2019 TESOL Advocacy and Policy Summit, my annual Golden Girls marathon (180 episodes over 3 months, you do the math), and the departure of my boss and mentor John Segota, I’m back to … Continue reading

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The Civil Rights of English Learners

Ayanna Cooper
Ayanna Cooper

Hello TESOL community! I’m Ayanna Cooper, a new blogger for TESOL International Association. Having served as the keynote for TESOL PreK–12 Day in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, earlier year, I know that the issue of assuring the civil rights of English … Continue reading

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The Unapologetic Advocate: You’ve Got Mail

David Cutler
David Cutler

I was all set to do a full review of the classic 1998 rom-com You’ve Got Mail, starring Thomas J. Hanks and Meg Ryan, but then I thought to myself, “Everyone loves this movie already, does it really need a … Continue reading

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