Effectively Advocating for English Learners (ELs)

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 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.

As in our other online courses, the heart of this course is a facilitated Professional Learning Community (PLC)-based discussion 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.

This guided online course provides:

  • Three self-paced components framed around Diane Staehr Fenner’s bestselling book Advocating for English Learners 
  • 12 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 is strongly recommended

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

Bulk Course Purchasing for Districts

Each course costs $220 per participant per district (based on our early bird rate and a 20% bulk discount) with a minimum of 30 participants per course.

Graduate credit can be obtained through Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC for an additional fee ($199 per credit) and the successful completion of each 12-hour online course. Contact us at courses@getsupported.net for specific instructions to include graduate credit along with your course.