Multlingual learners bring rich cultural and linguistic diversity to their school communities. This session explores ways that educators can develop their depth of knowledge around how best to support this population while adhering to the Civil Rights mandates and assuring that students are academically successful.
Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D., is a consultant, writer, U.S. Department of State alumna, and advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She is the owner of ACooper Consulting, a business that provides technical assistance to state departments of education and other clients with the goal of improving outcomes for students. She emphasizes the importance of building capacity to develop and sustain English language programs, use English language proficiency data, and improve instructional practices. She is the author of And Justice for ELs; A Leader's Guide to Creating and Sustaining Equitable Schools, co-editor of Black Immigrants in the United States; Essays on the Politics of Race Language and Voice, and Language Magazine's Pass the Mic series editor. She is currently serving on the TESOL Board of Directors