Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators
About the Course
This book study will give English Language (EL) and Gen Ed teachers of grades K-12, as well as administrators, counselors, and other school support faculty, the chance to focus on practical applications of EL advocacy research. The course will provide participants opportunities to build empathy and experience a sense of what it feels like to be an EL. Participants will acquire a better sense of how their own classrooms, schools, and districts may advocate and work collaboratively and creatively to increase family involvement, ensure a welcoming environment, and improve instruction and assessment for their EL population.
- Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators by Diane Fenner
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Identify “the why” of EL advocacy and what that research base supports.
- Establish and maintain EL family involvement through building their advocacy capacity.
- Develop effective EL instruction and assessment, understanding it is an imperative piece of advocacy.
- Create opportunities for collaboration and a shared sense of responsibility for teaching EL’s.
- Reflect on best practices for school and district administrators in EL advocacy.
- Implement strategies for effectively advocating for EL’s beyond grade 12, including graduation, meaningful employment, and post-secondary education for all EL’s.
Kim Knol, Coordinator of the MTSS program at Aspen Elementary School, has worked in public education for 29 years in Denver (DPS) and Aspen, Colorado, as well as in Broward County, Florida. Kim believes in collective leadership among staff and students, building purpose when balanced with courage and compassion. She strives to provide an environment where students can discover their true passions. Kim is trained in Adaptive Schools, Our Community Listens, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People-all of which have influenced her desire to empower others.
Kim holds a BS in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University and an MS degree in Teacher Leadership from Walden University. She is also a National Board Certified teacher in early/middle childhood literacy. Kim added the ELL endorsement to her Florida teaching certificate in 1995 and she has the English Learner professional learning designation on her Colorado teaching license.
In addition to teaching English Learners in both Colorado and Florida, Kim has taught in the classroom for grades one, two, three, and four, and she has worked with students in grades K-12 as a Prevention Specialist for the Office of Safe & Drug-Free Schools. Kim embraces leadership opportunities presented to her at her current school, enjoying the challenges and new experiences every day.