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About Confianza

Founded in 2015 by Sarah Ottow, Confianza is Boston-based consulting organization with the mission of increasing access to high standards and to improving outcomes for English Language Learners (ELLs) through evidence-based practices in language, literacy and equitable schooling.  Confianza manifests its meaning in Spanish (mutual respect + trust) with roots in teacher research that starts with students’ strengths and funds of knowledge (Gonzalez, Moll, & Amanti, 2005; Moll, 1992). is Confianza’s e-commerce site for sharing our professional learning tools, modules and courses both nationally and internationally, in response to the growing need to provide educators with anytime, anywhere professional development for serving ELLs.

What we do:

  • Provide curated, research-based tools and resources for reaching, teaching and nurturing ELLs using an inquiry-based approach (Confianza’s Action Cycle) that make professional learning practical and personalized for immediate application in the classroom
  • Address systemic issues of equity and access by encouraging continuous reflection of educators’ belief systems and promoting strong professional learning communities for teachers and leaders that model transparency of practice and 21st century teaching and learning

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See Confianza's Professional Learning Processes to learn more about our evidence-based approach.

Our Vision

Confianza envisions an educational landscape where teachers, administrators and support staff are offered personalized coaching and engaging professional learning opportunities that support effective classroom practices and collaborative learning for students and educators. We build on strong relationships between students, teachers, leaders and advocates to promote a multicultural democracy for all. 

Contact Confianza

To inquire about Confianza services, please contact us at:

Phone: (617) 419-0089
Mail: PO Box 95, Ashland MA 01721
Twitter: @ELL_Confianza  Facebook: ELLconfianza