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Join us at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 7 as we continue our bi-weekly Best Practices Webinar Series .

During this session, we will focus on diverse learners, students with disabilities and English language learners who may be experiencing special difficulties studying from home due to COVID-19. Brooke Allen, of Diverse Learners Cooperative, and Magda Sakaan and Ezra Howard, both ESL advisors with Shelby County Schools, will share effective strategies to use during this time.


Brooke Allen, Founder & Director of Diverse Learners Cooperative, is a former special education teacher and coordinator. In these roles, she experienced the lack of access special educators have to high quality and consistent growth opportunities. The Diverse Learners Cooperative exists to connect teachers to relevant professional development, resources, and networks that propel best practices and lifelong success for diverse learners. See their Diverse Learners Resource Hub here.

Magda Sakaan has worked in the English is a Second Language (ESL) field for the past 13 years. In 2011, she returned to her native Memphis from Aleppo, Syria, where she taught for four years at a Dual Immersion English and Arabic K-12 school. Magda holds a master's degree in Educational Leadership, and she joined the district's ESL Department in 2019 as an ESL Instructional Advisor working specifically with charter schools.

Ezra Howard is an Instructional Advisor with the English as a Second Language Department in Shelby County Schools. For most of his career he has worked with language learners, first as a program coordinator through AmeriCorps with after-school programs catering to recent immigrants and then as an ESL teacher with Shelby County Schools. During his time as a classroom teacher, he worked primarily in turnaround environments and specifically SCS’s Innovation Zone.

Before joining the call, please mute your microphone. All questions should be submitted through the chat function. 

Please note, this webinar will be recorded and may be posted on the TCSC website.

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