Dr. Ayanna Cooper

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.

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