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Dr. Laurie Weaver

October 28, 2013 3:38:53 PM

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Wade Shelton

April 03, 2013 11:35:13 AM

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Ayanna Cooper

March 13, 2013 4:04:00 PM

Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D., is an independent consultant who specializes in and facilitates professional development for ELL educators. She is currently serving a second term on TESOL's Professional Development Standing Committee. She also serves as TESOL's Black English Language Professional and Friends Forum leader (BELPaF). In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Ayanna discusses strategies for culturally responsive teaching, highlights issues around black ELLs on which she'd like to see more research, and explains why she sees ELL education as a Civil Rights issue.  To read more from Ayanna, take a look at her recent articles in Language Magazine and Teachers of Color.

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Dr. Kathia Flemens

March 23, 2012 2:07:03 PM

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Annie Mai

November 11, 2009 3:51:52 PM

Annie Mai is an educational consultant who hosts a weekly radio program for Vietnamese parents in California's Garden Grove Unified School District. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Annie describes her experiences adjusting to life in America as a young Vietnamese immigrant, what her parents went through once they arrived in a new country, how the Garden Grove School District's radio program has transformed parent participation in her school district, and what parents really want to know about the U.S. educational system.

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Larry Ferlazzo

May 27, 2009 11:52:57 AM

Larry Ferlazzo teaches English language learners at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, CA. He also writes regularly about ideas for the ELL classroom in his blog, Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day. In this interview, Larry discusses the way he uses technology in his classroom, how he finds new resources for his blog, and how he has helped to create a "community of learners" at his school.

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Amber Prentice

April 30, 2009 10:51:00 AM

Amber Prentice is a middle school ELL teacher in St. Paul, MN. Amber, a member of the American Federation of Teacher ELL Cadre, has taken an active role as a leader in her school and district on a number of issues, including supporting refugee students. She also was selected by the AFT to train female teacher trainers in Yemen in a special professional development program. We had the opportunity to visit Amber's classroom last fall. In this From the Heart interview that followed our visit, she discusses how she supports students with a wide range of educational backgrounds, offers some tips for schools with growing refugee population, and explains why the AFT program in Yemen is so important in empowering a new generation of educators and girls.

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Maria Feist

March 24, 2009 8:14:02 PM

Maria Feist is an ESL teacher in Pennsylvania's Downington Area School District. She started her teaching career in a mainstream classroom, but after working with her first English language learner, she slowly gravitated towards the ELL classroom. Maria recently completed her ESL certification, and in this essay for Colorín Colorado, she describes how her upbringing shaped her interest in other cultures, and how she made the move into the ELL classroom.

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Mary Ann Zehr

February 24, 2009 3:15:35 PM

Mary Ann Zehr is an assistant editor at Education Week. As one of the only journalists covering ELL issues on a national level, Ms. Zehr's "Learning the Language" blog tackles policy questions, explores learning innovations, and shares stories about different cultural groups and subgroups of ELL students, such as refugees.

In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Ms. Zehr discusses her blog and the trends she has observed in the ELL field. She also talks about the new Quality Counts 2009 report, "Portrait of a Population: How English-Language Learners are Putting Schools to the Test," to which she contributed.

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Dr. Frances Contreras

November 17, 2008 3:15:00 PM

Dr. Frances Contreras is an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington in the College of Education in Leadership and Policy Studies. Dr. Contreras presently researches issues of equity and access for underrepresented students in the education pipeline. Dr. Contreras has recently co-authored a book with Dr. Patricia Gándara entitled The Latino Education Crisis: The Consequences of Failed Social Policies, which will be released from Harvard University Press in January. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Dr. Contreras discusses her upcoming book, as well as her current research with Latino middle and high school students in Washington State.

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Ma'Lena Wirth

October 30, 2008 1:07:05 PM

Ma'Lena Wirth is an ESL interpreter and paraprofessional at North Baker School in Baker City, Oregon. As part of her position, Ms. Wirth works with all of the ESL students in her school district, and has developed a family literacy and parent involvement program. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Ms. Wirth discusses how she increases parent participation and confidence, how she encourages family literacy, and how she has helped her school and community learn how to support English language learners and their families.

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Jacqueline Jules

September 25, 2008 12:15:33 PM

Jacqueline Jules is an elementary school librarian in Fairfax County, Virginia, as well the author of numerous acclaimed children's books. In 2007, Ms. Jules published No English, a story about a second-grade girl's efforts to befriend a new student from Argentina despite their language barrier. The book offers an honest, touching portrayal of the challenges and opportunities presented when we get to know someone who speaks another language.

In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Ms. Jules discusses her writing, the students that inspired the story of No English, and ways to encourage reading with English language learners.

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Dr. Robin Scarcella

August 19, 2008 11:16:35 AM

Dr. Robin Scarcella is Professor at the University of California at Irvine, where she also serves as the Director of the Program in Academic English and ESL. She has written over sixty scholarly publications on ESL teaching and L2 acquisition, edited numerous volumes, and written many methodology books and textbooks.

In the last four years, she has provided teacher professional development workshops to over 10,000 elementary and secondary teachers. Her most recent volume is Accelerating Academic English. She received her doctoral degree in Linguistics at the University of Southern California and her masters in Second Language Acquisition-Education from Stanford University. Dr. Scarcella is also featured in Colorín Colorado's webcast about academic language and ELLs.

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Dr. Catherine Collier

June 25, 2008 9:52:42 AM

Dr. Catherine Collier is a leader in the fields of cross-cultural, bilingual, and special education, with more than 40 years of experience as a classroom and resource room teacher, diagnostician, researcher, and the director of a teacher-training program specializing in certification of bilingual paraprofessionals at all teaching levels.

Dr. Collier currently is the director of CrossCultural Developmental Education Services (CCDES), a company offering support and professional development opportunities to community organizations, departments of education, school districts, teachers, and parents. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Dr. Collier discusses her background in ELL, bilingual, and special education, as well as some of the ways these fields have changed during her career.

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Xiao-lin Yin-Croft

April 30, 2008 3:19:21 PM

Xiao-lin Yin-Croft is a third-grade ELL teacher of Chinese bilingual students at Ulloa Elementary School in San Francisco. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Xiao-lin shares her experiences coming of age as a student in China's Cultural Revolution, describes the strategies she uses to help her students develop the language and reading skills they need, and discusses the factors she believes are contributing to her students' success.

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Dr. Cynthia Lundgren

March 26, 2008 1:50:31 PM

Dr. Cynthia Lundgren is an assistant professor at The Center for Second Language Teaching and Learning at Hamline University's Graduate School of Education in St. Paul, MN. Dr. Lundgren teaches future ESL and Bilingual teachers. Her special interests are reflective practice and the development of cultural sensitivity. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Dr. Lundgren shares her objectives as a mentor who is preparing teachers for the many challenges they will face in the classroom, as well as her perspective on current education practices in U.S. schools.

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Inès Millin Mevs

March 05, 2008 2:04:21 PM

Inès Millin Mevs is an ELL teacher at Boca Raton Community High School in Florida. She has just published an ELL student writing workbook entitled Think Write Book: A Sentence Combining Workbook for ELL Students, published by AuthorHouse, which offers language development exercises designed to improve ELLs' writing skills. The student edition is accompanied by a teacher edition, which features information about the research base supporting each of the teaching strategies. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Ms. Mevs discusses the book, her motivation for writing it, and the many ways in which her students — her "heroes and sheroes" — inspire her each day.

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Sarah Harbert

February 25, 2008 2:10:25 PM

Sarah Harbert is a teacher of English language learners at Clinton Young Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN. She is now in her third year of teaching at the school, and in that time has developed a reading and tutoring program for her students, as well as an innovative book-lending program designed to get students to read more at home. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, Sarah describes her program, how she motivates her students to read, and why she believes her program is working.

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Toniann Jeffery

January 14, 2008 4:29:16 PM

Toniann Jeffery is the coordinator of the ELL program at Wigwam Creek Middle School in Litchfield Park, Arizona. Ms. Jeffery also continues to teach as part of two English-language development programs at her school — the Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) program and the PALS elective class (Plato® Alternative Learning System) — while offering support to content teachers working with ELLs. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, she discusses how she is implementing technology in her classroom and what that technology is making possible for her students — and for her as a teacher.

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Claudia Navarro

December 04, 2007 3:57:41 PM

Claudia Navarro is an ELL paraprofessional at Coral Gables Senior High School in Coral Gables, Florida. A native of Colombia, Claudia has lived in the U.S. for more than 27 years. She now provides academic support in content areas to ELL students at her high school through the federal Home Language Assistance Program. In this exclusive interview with Colorín Colorado, Claudia describes what makes her work as a paraprofessional unique, how teachers and paraprofessionals can best work together, and the support she offers to her students to help them succeed.

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