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Diane S. Fenner SupportEd

Diane Staehr Fenner, PhD, is the president of SupportEd (, a woman-owned small business located in the Washington, DC metro area that she founded in 2011. SupportEd is dedicated to empowering multilingual learners and their educators. Dr. Staehr Fenner leads her team to provide ML professional development, coaching, technical assistance, and curriculum and assessment support to school districts, states, organizations, and the US Department of Education. Prior to forming SupportEd, Dr. Staehr Fenner was an ELD teacher, dual language assessment teacher, and ELD assessment specialist in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA. She speaks German and Spanish and has taught in Berlin, Germany, and Veracruz, Mexico. Dr. Staehr Fenner grew up on a dairy farm in central New York and is a proud first-generation college graduate. She has written six books on ML education (and counting), including coauthoring Culturally Responsive Teaching for Multilingual Learners: Tools for Equity and authoring Advocating for English Learners: A Guide for Educators. She is a frequent keynote speaker on ML education at conferences across North America. 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 by email at or on Twitter at @DStaehrFenner.

Watch Diane's Webinar: Advocating for English Learners: Sharing the Responsibility and the Joy