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Leading Your Leader: How to Talk to Administrators about Your English Learners’ Needs


Meriwynn Mansori, Ph.D., Manager of Instructional Services, VIF International Education
Kanista Zuniga, Director of Global School Implementation, VIF International Education 


Wednesday, 28 October 2015
10:30 am–12:00 pm ET


Cost: Free for members and nonmembers
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Who Should Attend?

K-12 ESL teachers, instructional coaches, administrators
Leading your leader: How to talk to administrators about your English learners’ needs

More About This Seminar

Principals and other school leaders want to support all learners, yet the unique and complex needs of English learners may not be apparent to them. ESL teachers are often untapped resources for administrators and mainstream teachers on scheduling, program type (push-in, pull-out), and other strategies that support English learners’ needs. You will learn how ESL teachers can use their expertise to advocate for best practices in implementing programs that best support the needs of ELLs. We will share ideas about how teachers can talk to administrators and resources for implementing an effective program.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn to
  • describe implementation strategies of best practices for ELLs from an administrative point of view
  • provide a road map for how to best support ELLs and their teachers

About the Presenter

Meriwynn Mansori, Ph.D., is Manager of Instructional Services at VIF International Education. Meriwynn designs curricular and professional development resources focused on language acquisition, global education, inquiry-based learning, and 21st-century skills. Previously, Meriwynn taught 8th grade ESL in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and worked as an EFL teacher in Madrid, Spain. She has taught Spanish literature, language and culture courses at The Carolina School of Languages, Colby College, and The Johns Hopkins University.  She has a MA in Hispanic Studies and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages from The Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in English and Spanish Literature from Mt. Holyoke College.

Kanista Zuniga is the Director of Global School Implementation at VIF International Education, where she leads a team that helps school administrators and educators implement global programs and professional development in their schools. She began teaching as a Mombusho English Fellow serving the middle schools in Hitachi, Japan, and later returned to Japan to work with adult language learners in a private company. In the United States, she taught in private high schools and in an intensive English program. She earned her master’s degree in TESOL from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia.