Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D, is an independent consultant who specializes in building the capacity of all educators who serve English learners. By working closely with districts and state departments of education she was able to aid in improving outcomes for English learners, their families and their teachers. Her professional experiences include teaching English as a Second Language, instructional coaching, supervising urban ESL teacher candidates and serving as the K-12 director for an English learner public school program. Ayanna has also worked on various projects and has been an invited speaker for the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the National Educators Association (NEA). She has an extensive background in teaching courses for both pre-service and in-service educators of English learners. Most recently she has served as the Associate Program Chair for the TESOL International Association 2015 International Convention & English Language Expo in Toronto, ON. Ayanna has designed and facilitated professional development nationwide for educators on a number of topics including use of the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) ELD Standards and Assessments, differentiated instruction and interpreting English language proficiency data. She has written articles and blog posts and has served on a number of committees dedicated to teaching and advocating for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. This is her first publication with Corwin.