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About Your Instructor – Cynthia Cardenas-Kolak

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CYNTHIA CARDENAS-KOLAK is an internationally recognized EL teacher, author and trainer of trainers. She has worked collaboratively with district, state and national educational entities to enrich programs and instruction for English Learners. An exceptional presenter, she is best known for her engaging approach to sharing research-based, practical and classroom-proven methods and strategies.

Cynthia is the author of The VESTED Instructional Approach: Balanced Instruction for Diverse Learners, (3rd Edition) and Vocabulary in 3-D: A Practical Guide to Help Kids Use Academic Language in Everyday Conversation. She is also the author of Strengthening English Language Learners' Engagement and Academic Achievement: Strategies That Work!, the extensive resource handbook you will receive at the seminar.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

"Wonderful seminar. Cynthia was very informative, inspirational and extremely motivating."
Mary Fernandes, Teacher

"Cynthia was highly engaging and provided excellent modeling of lessons and ideas!"
Michelle Romano, Teacher

"Cynthia made the day interactive and engaging! She was fun, relatable and interesting to learn from. I am very glad I attended this session and will definitely be using these strategies with my students."
Jennifer Acuna, ESL Teacher

"Thank you!! Great strategies and perspective. I appreciated Cynthia's high energy level."
L. Francohno, ESL/EL Teacher

"Cynthia was very knowledgeable. I loved that her vocabulary strategies were excellent and very practical."
Jessica Ruskoski, ESL Teacher

"I took away many valuable hands-on activities that can be scaffolded to ensure success for not only my ELs, but all learners in my general education classroom. I can't wait to try these strategies!"
Kristin Binder, Classroom Teacher