Effectively Advocating for English Learners (ELs)

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. In this twelve-hour course, you will be able to meet the following objectives:

    • Define advocacy and describe advocacy issues for ELs
    • Identify and use strategies to advocate for ELs and their families
    • Apply strategies for creating a school climate that supports a shared sense of responsibility for ELs
    • Set goals to address an EL advocacy issue in your context

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.

The six-week guided online course offers:

    • 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: A Guide for Educators is strongly recommended
Sample course syllabus


Please email  Courses@GetSupportEd.net  to register your group.  

$249 per seat

Minimum of 35 participants 

Please note that a 3% additional processing fee will be added when paying by credit card. We also accept purchase orders to facilitate payment by invoice. Please reach out to  Courses@GetSupportEd.net for more information.