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About the Instructor – Jo Gusman

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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Jo Gusman is both an outstanding master teacher of English Language Learners and an outstanding presenter. With extensive experience working with second language/ELL students, she has been featured on national television and is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching excellence, including Presidential recognition for her exceptional work with second language students.

Jo is the author of Practical Strategies for Adapting RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION Techniques to Enhance the Performance of Your ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (Grades 1‑8), the extensive resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar. She is also the author of ACCESS‑Building Literacy Through Learning (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), a content area textbook series specifically designed for upper grade English language learners.

Thousands of appreciative teachers across North America are currently using Jo’s strategies which are known for their practical value in building success for second language learners. Her seminars are fast‑moving, energetic and centered around scores of practical ideas and materials you can use immediately with your own ELL students.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“I have seen Jo twice now and each time I have received excellent new strategies. She is the best presenter I have seen in an ELL inservice in my 25 years of experience.”
– Cherlynn Bruce, Reading Coach

“Jo Gusman is an amazing speaker and motivator.”
– Ruth E. Gomez, Grades K‑5 EEL Teacher

A great presenter with the heart and experience required to make her presentations meaningful and understandable.”
– Samuel D. Frances Vazquez, 8th Grade Science Teacher

“Jo is an energetic, insightful and entertaining instructional leader, touching and changing adult thoughts and ideas and, therefore, changing the lives of English Language Learners across environments.”
– Vicki Walker, Director

“Dynamic!”
– Vicky Soukas, ESL Teacher

“Jo is a wonderful presenter.You can tell she loves what she does and has a passion for her work.”
– Lisa Robison, ELL Teacher

“Her love for teaching ELL students is contagious.”
– Sheila Martin, Reading Specialist

“Jo is a great resource for ELL/Bilingual teachers.”
– Christina Namendorf, ELL Teacher

Great practical ideas and tools that I will be able to use with my class tomorrow!”
– Jennifer Cruz, ESL Teacher

“A great presenter.”
– Jodi Fink, ELL Grades K‑3

“Mrs. Gusman has been the best speaker that I have ever seen. She has given me a great way to teach my ELL students.”
– Casey Hinds, ELL Teacher

“A very personable and intuitive presenter.”
– Noemi Rivera, Teacher

Her enthusiasm is contagious! I can’t wait to get back to my classroom to try these great ideas.”
– Linda J. Fredericks, ESL Resource Teacher