Advocating for ELLs: A Facebook Live Chat with Diane Staehr Fenner

Join us for our first Colorín Colorado Facebook Live event on Wednesday, May 24th at 12:00 p.m. ET!

We’ll be chatting with our blogger, Dr. Diane Staehr Fenner, on how to best advocate for ELLs. Feel free to send us questions ahead of time at This event will be archived.

Special thanks to the National Education Association for their support of this new series!









Topics and Related Resources


Topics will include: why ELLs need good advocates, examples of advocacy for ELLs in the classroom and beyond, and tools and strategies for increasing the impact of your advocacy.

Related Resources

Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators

English Learners are the fastest-growing segment of the K–12 population and educators of ELLs are often in a unique position to provide a voice for their needs. This book demystifies the techniques of advocacy for ELLs, including creating a shared sense of responsibility for ELL success, guidance for administrators, and tips for advocacy for ELLs' success beyond Grade 12.


NEA Guide: All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners

How can educators and other stakeholders become more effective advocates for language-minority students? This National Education Association guide offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.  The guide also features general educators and ELL educators who tell stories about the students who inspired them to act.



How does it work?

In order to tune in to our events, all you have to do is visit our Facebook page at the time of the event and you will see the live video stream.

Do I need a Facebook account to tune in to the live video?

Yes. You do need a Facebook account in tune into the live event, but we will post an archive of the events on our website following the discussion for people unable to attend or those who don't have a Facebook account.

What if I can't make it?

No problem! Feel free to send us questions ahead of time at with "Facebook Live question" in the subject line and take a look at the archived video following the event.

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Send us your questions!

You can send us questions ahead of time at Please include "Facebook Live question" in the subject line.


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