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Jennifer Finney-Ellison is an educational consultant who provides professional development to teachers and administrators on increasing academic achievement for English learners and language minority students.

As a neophyte teacher who began her teaching career in one of California’s largest school districts, Jennifer realized her passion to provide optimal instruction for all students, but in particular for English learners and linguistic minority students. She combines over 20 years of experience in teaching, coaching, and providing training to K-12 teachers and administrators with a mindset that every student and educator endeavors to be successful.

Over the last decade, Jennifer’s work has focused solely on providing instructional support, coaching, and professional development to educators on implementation of district wide ELD programs, improving ELD instruction, creating and enhancing opportunities and instruction of academic English, and the CCSS and California ELD standards.

In addition to being a classroom teacher, she has also been an instructor for a pre-service teacher preparation program through San Francisco State University, and an instructor for Stanford University’s CLAD/CTEL certification program. She has also co-developed second language acquisition coursework for Sacramento County Office of Education’s teacher intern program.

Most recently, Jennifer has partnered with Dr. Kate Kinsella in intensive partnerships with school districts throughout the country to provide professional development on the acute needs of English learners and striving students. Through these partnerships, she provides professional-development embedded training on Dr. Kinsella’s supplemental academic language program for grades 3-12, Academic Vocabulary Toolkit, and also provides coaching for partner districts implementing English 3D, a designated core ELD program for long-term English learners in grades 4-12. Jennifer also works with high-priority districts to advance initiatives for English learners by providing consultation and technical coaching for teachers and administrators on how to teach and monitor effective and engaging instruction utilizing evidence-based practices.




  1. I went to your workshop this past summer in Rancho Mirage. Learned a lot!

    Thank you!


    • Hi Linda,
      Thank you so much for your feedback, and for subscribing!

      Here’s to a fabulous school year!

  2. Hi,

    I attended your workshop at the Rancho Mirage conference, and found it very helpful.

    Thank you,


  3. Jen,
    Thank you for taking the time to share your passion, experiences, and expertise with the WorldWideWeb :-). I have had the pleasure of being a participant in various workshops of which you have been the presenter. Every time I walk away feeling uplifted, informed, and called to do even more for the students in my care. I look forward to visiting your blog often and continuing to reflect and refine my own practices. Thank you for helping to change the live of students you will never meet.
    Sincerely and respectfully,

    • Jodie,
      Thank you for visiting the site and for your kind words! As a community of teachers, the load is lightened when we can lean on and learn from each other. I look forward to your feedback and insights on future posts!

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