Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D.

E-mail: rarb4@msn.com

Ayanna Cooper is an advocate and author for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She is a co-author of Evaluating ALL teachers of English learners and students with disabilities: Supporting great teaching and has contributed to WIDA publications such as the Essential Actions Handbook. She has held positions as an English as a Second Language teacher, ELL Instructional Coach, Urban Education Teacher Supervisor and ELL/Title III Director. She has worked with and facilitated professional development for administrators and teachers, both pre-service and in-service, in urban and suburban areas and is currently an independent consultant. Ayanna has taught a number of graduate level courses in the areas of first and second language acquisition, sociolinguistics and sheltering instruction for English learners across content areas. In 2009, she chaired the Southeast TESOL Regional Conference, A Passion for Language and Teaching, held in Atlanta, GA. In 2010, she was selected as an ASCD Emerging Leader. She is a past president of Georgia TESOL and served on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education English language learner/Bilingual Education Advisory Council. She is currently serving as chair of International TESOL Professional Development Standing Committee. Ayanna holds an Ed.D. in Teacher Leadership from Walden University, an Ed.S. in Curriculum & Instruction from Piedmont College and an M.Ed. from Lesley University. ESL teacher efficacy, effective professional development and enhancing instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse learners are some of her areas of professional interest.

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