Effectively Advocating for English Learners (ELs)


Course description

Are you satisfied with your English learners’ (ELs’) equitable learning opportunities and parent involvement in your school?

Join us as we explore the concept of advocacy and delve into issues and solutions specific to ELs in this six-week guided online course. Framed around the book Advocating for English Learners by Diane Staehr Fenner, the course is designed to help you explore the topics in a deeper way and to support you in applying what you learn to your own context. Over the three self-paced components, you will identify and use effective strategies to advocate for ELs in your own context to provide equitable learning opportunities and supported parent involvement in your school.

The heart of this course is the Professional Learning Community in which you will interact with other educators and course facilitators from the SupportEd team. The PLC provides an opportunity to build your understanding and skills in advocacy while also contributing to the field by sharing your own professional experience. You’ll develop strategies to promote a school climate that builds on ELs’ strengths and supports a shared sense of responsibility for ELs. By the end of the course, you will set goals to address an EL advocacy issue in your context, empowered with a toolbox full of ideas and a network of supportive peers.

Watch a brief video about the course here.

The six-week guided online course offers:

  • Three self-paced components framed around Diane Staehr Fenner’s bestselling book Advocating for English Learners
  • 10 hour professional development certificate provided upon satisfactory completion of the course*
  • Access to an online Professional Learning Community for advocacy course discussion
  • Guiding and reflective questions in a note-taking guide
  • Activities to apply EL advocacy course content to case studies and participants’ own contexts
  • A chance to create and receive feedback on an EL advocacy plan for participants to implement in their schools
  • Opportunities for participants to share resources
  • Purchase of Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators is strongly recommended

*You will need to confirm the PD hours with your school or district.

Bulk course purchasing is available. Contact us at info@getsupported.net
to learn more.

NEW! Earn graduate credit
in our online courses!

One graduate credit can be obtained through Trinity Washington University
in Washington, DC
 for an additional fee of $175 per credit and the successful completion of each of our 10-hour online courses. Contact us at info@getsupported.net for specific instructions to include graduate
credit along with your course.

Purchasing this course will sign you up for the class. Our online courses are held on Schoology.com. Requests for refunds must be submitted by close of business the day before the start date. No credit for future courses will be offered. Beginning June 10, 2019, course pricing will increase to $275 per participant.