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Sydney Snyder, Ph.D. is a Principal Associate at SupportEd where she develops and conducts interactive professional development for teachers of multilingual learners. Sydney has extensive instructional experience including: starting as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa and 15 years of teaching ESOL/EFL She is co-author of bestseller,Unlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessibleand her most recent publication Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners Tools for EquityShe served as an English Teaching Fellow aGadja Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She earned her Ph.D. in Multilingual/Multicultural Education at George Mason University and her M.A.T in TESOL at the School for International Training. You can connect with her on email at or on Twitter at @SydneySupportEd 

Diane Staehr Fenner, Ph.D. is the president of SupportEd, a woman-owned small business located in Washington, DCdedicated to empowering English learners and their educators. She collaborates with her team to provide EL professional development, technical assistance, and curriculum and assessment support to school districts, states, organizations, and the U.S. Department of Education. Prior to forming SupportEd, Diane was an ESOL teacher, Dual Language Assessment teacher, and ESOL Assessment Specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. She has also taught in Berlin, Germany and Veracruz, Mexico and speaks German as well as Spanish. She is co-author of bestsellingUnlocking English Learners’ Potential: Strategies for Making Content Accessibleand author ofbestselling Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators and Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners Tools for Equity. You can connect with her by email at or on Twitter at @DStaehrFenner