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  • Practice Driven

    This course is formulated from the lens of a highly experienced teacher and designed with the unique needs and time constraints of practitioners in mind.

  • Evidence Based

    Findings and practices are research-backed, classroom-tested, and targeted to meet the needs of ALL students- with a focus on Recent Arriver populations.

  • Transformative

    All tools and strategies can be implemented immediately across any grade level or content area to promote observable, sustainable student gain.

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Testimonials

“I would definitely recommend this course. The presenter was knowledge and evidently passionate about the subjects. Really enjoyed the entire aspect of the session from defining common language to talking about transition stress.”

Teacher @ New York City Chart School Network

“Best professional development related to Newcomers I’ve ever attended. Thank you! ”

Assistant Superintendent @ Breckenridge, CO

“Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate all your support and help. I am excited to see how much my ELL students have grown this year! ”

Teacher, Isabella Bird Community School

“This course was extremely engaging and included ready to try strategies. What I loved about it is that we were able to do the activity ourselves and so then we could think about how to use it in the classroom.”

Teacher @ Brooklyn, New York

“This was the most useful Professional Development of the entire year! ”

Mentor teacher @ Place Bridge Academy

“Louise is a very engaging speaker on a timely topic. This is helpful information that was actually useful for my classroom! ”

Educator @RMEC, Denver, CO

“Wonderful. Great course. Beautiful integration of activities and anecdotes. Well done! ”

State Title III Directors @ Hollywood, CA

Instructor

Louise El Yaafouri

Senior Consultant

Louise El Yaafouri is a Recent Arriver & Inclusion Consultant and curriculum writer supporting refugee and immigrant-serving organizations in the US and abroad. She owner of DiversifiED Consulting and author of The Newcomer Student (2016), The Newcomer Fieldbook (2017), Meeting Where They Are: A Culturally-Relevant Approach to Student Trauma (ASCD Publishing, expected 2021). She has also been featured in numerous print and curriculum publications, including EL Leadership, Edutopia, Chalkbeat National, EduSkills, Curious City Books, and 5280 Magazine. She is a Rodel Exemplary Educator, Mile High Teacher, Professional Fulbright Educator, and founder of a school in Morogoro, Tanzania. In 2018, she acted as Global Mentor to teachers in Kenya’s Kakuma and Dedaab refugee camps, in partnership with Columbia University. Louise holds active board positions at the United Nations Association Denver and New America Schools. Louise currently lives between Denver, Colorado and Saida, Lebanon with her husband and sons. She can be found at Diversifi-ED.com, louise@diversifi-ED.com and on Twitter @ElYaafouriELD.