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About Your Instructor – Cynthia Cardenas-Kolak

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Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Cynthia Cardenas-Kolak is an internationally recognized ELL teacher, author and trainer of trainers. She has worked collaboratively with district, state and national educational entities to enrich programs and instruction for English Language 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, (2nd 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 each participant will receive at the seminar.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

“Wonderful seminar. Cynthia was very informative, inspirational and extremely motivating.”
Mary Fernandes, English Teacher

“Cynthia was highly engaging and provided excellent modeling of lessons and ideas for the classroom!”
Michelle Romano, English 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 in my classes.”
Jennifer Acuna, ESL Teacher

“Thank you!! Great strategies and perspective. I appreciated Cynthia’s high energy level.”
L. Francohno, ESL/ELL Teacher

“Very informative. Cynthia was dynamic and engaging. I learned many strategies I will implement with my students.”
Kim Musgnug, ESL 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 ELLs, but all learners in my general education classroom. I can’t wait to try these strategies!”
Kristin Binder, Classroom Teacher