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Advocating for English Learners
A Guide for Educators

Foreword by John Segota, A Joint Publication with TESOL



© 2014 | 264 pages | Corwin

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.  But ELs and their families—who are in the process of learning English and navigating an often-unfamiliar education system—may not have a powerful enough voice to articulate their needs.  Consequently, all teachers and administrators must advocate for this all-important diverse group of students who will become tomorrow’s workforce. 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 

ELs will continue to grow in number, and leaving them and their families voiceless is simply not an option. No educator can miss this essential book.

“In many ways, the history of American Education is the history of a quest for equality.  Dr. Staehr Fenner lends a human face to the experience of English Learners and encourages us to think in terms of what attributes ELs bring to their learning experience and how others can benefit from their presence in the classroom. This book is a promising, uplifting, and much-needed call for action!”
— Rosa Aronson, Executive Director
TESOL International Association, Alexandria, VA

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Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
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
 
Index

"In many ways, the history of American Education is the history of a quest for equality.  With this must-read book, Dr. Staehr Fenner empowers educators to continue this quest on behalf of students who have too often been relegated to the basement of school buildings, literally and figuratively.   She lends a human face to the experience of English Learners and encourages us to think in terms of what attributes ELs bring to their learning experience and how others can benefit from their presence in the classroom. This book is a promising, uplifting, and much-needed call for action!"

Rosa Aronson, Executive Director
TESOL International Association, Alexandria, VA

"This book is a major contribution to the field in that it offers concrete actions administrators, teachers and parents can take to ensure best practices in schools for ELs.  Diane Staehr Fenner demonstrates her extensive school-based experience by providing a highly practical handbook filled with useful models, tools, and professional development activities, all of which are well grounded in an assets-based and shared responsibility theoretical framework.  This volume will meaningfully advance program quality, assessment and instructional practices, and family engagement through well-formulated advocacy initiatives as demanded by current EL teacher education standards. A welcome addition to all who care about the education of ELs PreK-12 and beyond!"

Nancy Cloud, Director, M.Ed. in TESL Program
Feinstein School of Education and Human Development, Rhode Island College

"This book makes a very important contribution to the field by highlighting the importance of advocacy and, through its numerous examples of advocacy in action, showing how to achieve equitable and excellent education for ELs."

Diane August, Principal
D. August and Associates

"Staehr Fenner delves into the many facets of school-centered advocacy that promote the educational advancement of English language learners. Her thorough treatment of the roles of many stakeholders—including teachers, school leaders, district administrators, and family members—in viewing linguistic and cultural diversity from a strength-based perspective is motivation to read this valuable resource."

Margo Gottlieb, Director
Assessment & Evaluation, Illinois Resource Center

"Diane Staehr Fenner coaches her readers on how to develop a much needed, decisive voice of advocacy. She makes a most compelling case for educators to share the responsibility for teaching English learners within and outside the school. A must read for all teachers, administrators, teacher educators, and policy makers!"

Andrea Honigsfeld, Professor
Molloy College, NY
Key features
(1)     A comprehensive resource which raises educators’ awareness of the areas in which ELs need advocacy and offers practical suggestions for EL advocacy
(2)     Provides an overview of research that informs EL advocacy in each chapter and tools to apply the research on the ground (3)     Focuses on hands-on professional development activities to build a sense of responsibility for ELs’ achievement in school and beyond
(4)    Includes checklists for schools and districts to use to provide a framework to guide their discussion of ELs’ advocacy needs in a number of areas
(5)     Contains an abundance of practical examples of EL advocacy in action, taken from a variety of schools and geographical regions
(6)     Weaves in voices of EL advocates at the school, district, state, and national levels (including Tim Boals, Catherine Collier, and Margarita Pinkos)

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