Ayanna Cooper, Ed.D., is an educator, author, and advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Her projects involve providing technical assistance 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 of English learners. She is the author of And Justice for ELs: A Leader’s Guide to Creating and Sustaining Equitable Schools, co-editor of Black Immigrants in the United States: Essays on the Politics of Race, Language, and Voice (with Ibrahim), co-author of Evaluating ALL teachers of English learners and students with disabilities: Supporting great teaching (with Staehr Fenner and Kozik), and the Pass the Mic series editor for Language Magazine.
Read Dr. Ayanna Cooper’s keen insight about what Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion mean for English language learning and the TESOL profession in the 30@30 featured story Three 30@30 Specialists Mark Milestones in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.