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An Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act: What TESOL Educators Need to Know


Ellen Fern, Managing Director, Washington Partners


1 November 2016
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET
(Find the start time in your area.)

Who Should Attend?

K-12 practitioners, administrators, and teacher educators interested in learning more about the new Every Student Succeeds Act and its impact on English learners and educators.  


Cost: Free for members and nonmembers
Register Online

Registration Deadline: ​30 October 2016

More About the Webinar

In Decemeber 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law, replacing the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA brings sweeping policy changes to the K-12 arena that all educators should be aware of. With a primary focus on the changes to Title I and Title III, this webinar will provide a broad overview of the law and how it affects English learners and TESOL professionals.

About the Presenter

Ellen Fern is the Managing Director at Washington Partners, with over 20 years of experience in public policy and communications. Although her career began on Capitol Hill, she has expertise in a variety of areas, including coalition building, grassroots organizing, managing and developing public education campaigns, field services and advocacy.

Ellen spearheaded the inception of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, involving 300,000 teens and more than 150 national partner organizations as director of National and Corporate Partnerships at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy. She also ran the Washington, DC office of the national consulting firm of Martin & Glantz, which specialized in grassroots organizing and communications strategies to affect public policy. Ellen also managed field for VSA Arts, a national organization specializing in developing and promoting art programs for people with disabilities where she was responsible for the daily operations administration of 50 state chapters and the implementation of a new internal structure that resulted in a stronger state network.

She has worked in the legislative arena for Senator Claiborne Pell (D-RI); Congressman Charles Schumer (D-NY); and Congresswoman Claudine Schneider (R-RI).

Ellen holds a Bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University.