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HIGHLY EXPERIENCED SPECIALISTS IN THE EDUCATION OF ENGLISH LEARNERS

WE ARE ELLAS CONSULTING


ELLAS is an educational consulting firm focused on educational excellence and systems change for English Learners including those with learning difficulties or disabilities. We offer English Learner leadership, advocacy, and support services.

Meet the founders

LINDA CAVAZOS, PH.D.

LINDA CAVAZOS, PH.D.

Dr. Linda Cavazos is a professional development/technical assistance provider and researcher with 30 years’ experience in education supporting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She has provided capacity building and technical assistance support and coaching at the national, state, regional, and local levels through delivery of high-quality professional development, evaluation, data analysis, and creation of tools and resources. Dr. Cavazos earned her doctorate in Multicultural Special Education from The University of Texas at Austin.

ALBA ORTIZ, PH.D.

ALBA ORTIZ, PH.D.

Dr. Alba A. Ortiz is a Professor Emerita, Department of Special Education, in the College of Education, at The University of Texas at Austin. A nationally recognized expert on the education of English Learners with language and learning disabilities, Dr. Ortiz’s areas of expertise include culturally and linguistically responsive Multi-tiered System of Support and Response to Intervention, second language acquisition, language assessment, and programs and services for ELs with language/learning disabilities. Dr. Ortiz is the 2021 recipient of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Romaine Mackie Leadership Award recognizing her contributions to improving the education of English Learners, including those with disabilities.

OUR TEAM

Our Services

What We Do

Customized Educational Consulting

We customize consulting services to support English learners. We match our services to fit your context and specific needs. Our experts can assist you in monitoring and reviewing your program implementation. They can help solve or avoid potential problems. They can participate in communities of practice and provide on-demand advising.

Needs Assessments

We interview key stakeholders and review your existing school/district data, practices, and procedures to collect information to determine your school or district needs. We provide a report with recommendations based on data analysis so you can prioritize your needs.

Parent/Family Trainings

We identify barriers to parental engagement and offer parent and family training, in English and/or Spanish, to inform, and increase parental awareness and support participation in their children’s schooling.

Professional Development & Capacity Building

We provide professional development so educators have the knowledge and skills to meet the needs of English Learners. We also provide intensive professional development to build capacity of local school and district personnel who can then train and support school and district staff to enhance services for English Learners, including those with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Program Evaluation and Development and Equity Audits

We conduct systematic reviews of programs and services provided English Learners and the outcomes of these. Evaluations focus on the status of current programs and services, their effectiveness, and barriers and facilitators to achieving stated local, state, and national education agency goals and objectives.

Proposal Writing and Development of Professional Resources

We assist with preparing for and developing proposals to obtain financial and other resources to support projects, school improvement, and other professional activities from sources such as federal and state governments, foundations, and corporations.

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OUR COMMITMENT

The ELLAS team is committed to providing expert guidance on the education of English Learners. We are highly experienced, skilled bilingual and biliterate professionals who have served in instructional and administrative roles in general education, special education, bilingual education programs and dual language education. We have supported teacher educators, administrators, and state directors working with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of students. We are committed to improving the academic outcomes of English learners in every school setting.

ELLAS ENGLISH LEARNER EXPERIENCE

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Effective Literacy Practices for English Learners

Effective Literacy Practices for English Learners

Evidence-based practices for English Learners with learning difficulties or disabilities that suppor...

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Multi-tiered Systems of Support for English Learners

Multi-tiered Systems of Support for English Learners

To be effective, MTSS for English Learners must incorporate culturally and linguistically responsive...

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Science of Reading in Biliteracy Contexts

Science of Reading in Biliteracy Contexts

Understanding and implementing science of reading strategies in biliteracy contexts is important to ...

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Strategies for Monitoring Oral Language Development

Strategies for Monitoring Oral Language Development

Most MTSS/RTI frameworks do not include screening and progress monitoring of oral language developme...

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Distinguishing Language Differences from Disabilities

Distinguishing Language Differences from Disabilities

Determining whether English Learners have disabilities is difficult because English Learners acquiri...

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Representation of ELs in Special Education Programs

Representation of ELs in Special Education Programs

English Learners are disproportionately represented in special education, but can be proportionately...

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Accelerated Vocabulary Instruction

Accelerated Vocabulary Instruction

Vocabulary instruction must be guided by an understanding of what words are important to teach and t...

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Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

Different students learn differently. English Learners are learning language and content simultaneou...

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Explicit, Systematic Instruction

Explicit, Systematic Instruction

Explicit instruction involves teaching a specific skill or concept in a highly structured manner usi...

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Small Group Language and Reading Instruction

Small Group Language and Reading Instruction

Students benefit from small group instruction to help them learn, process, and practice new skills, ...

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Second Language Acquisition (introductory)

Second Language Acquisition (introductory)

Understanding second language acquisition can help teachers provide effective instruction for Englis...

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Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practice

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Practice

Culturally and linguistically responsive practice (CLRP) involves seeking out knowledge of students...

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Equity and Access for English Learners

Equity and Access for English Learners

Equity is achieved when educational practices, policies, curricula, resources, and school cultures a...

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Family-School Partnerships

Family-School Partnerships

English Learners do best when their families are engaged in their children's schooling. Learn w...

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Language and Literacy Assessment Record for English Learners (LLAREL)

Language and Literacy Assessment Record for English Learners (LLAREL)

Become familiar with the LLAREL, a framework for maintaining a longitudinal language and literacy as...

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