Dr. Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D, is an ELL specialist who focuses on the professional development for ELL educators. A former English as a Second Language teacher, ELL Instructional Coach, urban teacher supervisor and Director for an English language learner program, Dr. Cooper has presented extensive professional development on teaching English learners including using the WIDA English language proficiency standards. Dr. Cooper has diverse experience teaching educators, both pre-service and in-service, how to enhance instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She currently works closely with educators in various states. ESL teacher efficacy and effective professional development are two of her areas of research interest. Dr. Cooper has taught graduate level courses for a variety of institutes of higher education.
She is currently serving a second term on TESOL’s Professional Development Standing Committee and serves as TESOL’s Black English Language Professional and Friends Forum leader. Ayanna is featured in this interview with Colorín Colorado and will be presenting as part of TESOL’s upcoming webinar, Implications and Applications of the Common Core Standards for Effectively Teaching K-6 ELLs: Focus on English and Mathematics.
Books by This Author
Teacher evaluation can be a valuable tool for evaluators and teachers alike. But it should never be used in a “one-size-fits-all” manner, especially when evaluating all teachers who work with the nation’s growing numbers of English learners (ELs) and students with disabilities.
This blog post written by guest blogger Ayanna Cooper features four recommended steps for administrators to strengthen their English language programs in the greater context of more rigorous academic standards.
Here are some questions to consider in your planning around professional development focused on academic language.
This blog post will provide you with key strategies and ideas on how to continue conversations about the implementation of Common Core and implications for educating ELs.
Let's take a closer look at that tried and true welcome back to school writing assignment through a CCSS for ELL lens. The prompt is: What did you do over summer vacation?
The institute focused on how the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will impact the ELL field and provide more depth, rigor and equity to science education.