Brief Bio: Sarah Ottow
Sarah Ottow is the Founder and Director of Confianza: Educating for ELL Equity, a Boston-based organization focused on improving outcomes for English learners. Confianza’s mission is to enact “confianza”--mutual respect and confidence--through student-centered relationships, funds of knowledge, and practical professional learning tools. Sarah earned her Masters at the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee focused on urban education and action research. Sarah has taught and coached in Wisconsin and Puerto Rico schools for twelve years. Then, for three years, Sarah served as the Director of ELL Programming at the Center for Collaborative Education (CCE) in Boston, Massachusetts where she led the Race-To-The-Top-funded Worcester ELL Teacher Residency Program, training over forty teachers to earn their Masters in ESL in the Worcester Public Schools. Also during her time as ELL Director at CCE, Sarah led the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Leadership Network for ELLs, a Professional Development Redesign Challenge Grant. At Confianza, Sarah currently consults for the WIDA Consortium, the Teaching Channel and the Center for Applied Linguistics through a West Ed and Gates Foundation grant. Sarah shares her work on how to improve outcomes for ELLs through Confianza’s online courses, Confianza's blog, as well as national publications and conferences. She is currently writing a book on the topic of documenting language growth using Confianza’s tools, many of which are available for free at www.ELLstudents.com.
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