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Cooper, Ayanna

Ayanna C. Cooper

Ayanna Cooper, EdD, is a consultant, advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse learners and a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist alumna.  Her projects involve providing technical assistance internationally and to state departments of education, school districts, and nonprofit organizations. She emphasizes the importance of building the capacity of district and school leaders  to develop and manage English language programs as well as improve instructional practices for teachers. She is a co-author of Evaluating ALL teachers of English learners and students with disabilities: Supporting great teaching (with Staehr Fenner and Kozik) and co-editor of Black Immigrants in the United States: Essays on the Politics of Race, Language, and Voice. She has contributed to a number of publications such as the WIDA Essential Actions Handbook, Language Magazine and various book chapters.  She has held positions as an English as a Second Language teacher, ELL Instructional Coach, Urban Education Teacher Supervisor, ELL/Title III Director and ELL/Bilingual Program Specialist. Dr. Cooper is currently serving on the executive board of TESOL International Association.