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

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 historically marginalized student groups. She combines 30 years of experience in teaching, coaching, and providing training and consulting to K-12 educators and districts with a mindset that every student and educator endeavors to be successful.

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

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 and agencies across the country to provide professional development on the acute needs of English learners and striving students. Through this partnership, she has co-authored a K-2 vocabulary program funded by a National Professional Development grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s, and also provides professional-development embedded training on Dr. Kinsella’s academic language program for grades 3-12, Academic Vocabulary Toolkit, and English 3D, a designated core ELD program for long-term English learners in grades 4-12. She also works with high-priority districts to advance initiatives for English learners by providing consultation and technical coaching on how to teach and monitor effective and engaging instruction utilizing evidence-based practices, and by building ELD programs that promote educational opportunities to advance linguistic and academic achievement.


  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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