Our Mission

We are the first and only resource sharing platform designed by EL teachers for all educators working with ELs. With the national shortage of EL teachers, supporting the efforts and professional learning of educators is more urgent than ever. Through collaboration, we make great resources accessible to all teachers.

Because…

By 2030, 1 in 3 school age children will be an English Language Learner

Graduation rate for ELs is 62% nationally, the lowest across any other racial/ethnicity group

There is roughly 1 EL licensed teacher for every 150 English Language Learners

Streamlining access to differentiated resources is vital

The future is in teacher collaboration and development

 

Dear Colleagues

     A few years ago, I had a chance to work with the Karen refugee population in the Twin Cities through a volunteer ESL program. After the program fell through in 2013 due to low funding, I started the T2C Project, an arts-based after-school program to expand the work. Seeing both the academic and socio-emotional challenges facing Karen youth, I began talking with teachers and school counselors to learn more. 

     Through these conversations in Minnesota, a state that has done progressive work in advocacy for refugee students, I became inspired to harness technology to connect educators and scale impact. With so much education technology out there, few have explicitly addressed teacher needs in EL space. Seeing the need to support professional learning, I began to explore the concept of a resource sharing platform for every teacher with ELs in the classroom. 

     We all share the responsibility to the future of our ELs. The foundation of this work must rest upon meaningful teacher collaboration and teacher leadership in all aspects of ELL instruction. By offering a continuous loop for growth and community building, we bring the strength of the collective to meet the needs of every teacher. 

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 Yefei Jin / Founder

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Meet the Team

Jaclyn Eichenberger is our Executive Director. She currently teaches English Learners at an elementary school in North St. Paul, MN, servicing Spanish and Hmong speakers primarily. Prior to teaching ELs, Jaclyn taught reading to students in grades K-3 through a national service program, AmeriCorps. Additionally, she taught English abroad in Cambodia and assisted in teaching adult English classes at a local center for Adult Basic Education. She received her B.A. from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and her K-12 Reading License from Hamline University also located in St. Paul. She is currently pursuing her MEd in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jaclyn Eichenberger is our Executive Director. She currently teaches English Learners at an elementary school in North St. Paul, MN, servicing Spanish and Hmong speakers primarily. Prior to teaching ELs, Jaclyn taught reading to students in grades K-3 through a national service program, AmeriCorps. Additionally, she taught English abroad in Cambodia and assisted in teaching adult English classes at a local center for Adult Basic Education. She received her B.A. from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN and her K-12 Reading License from Hamline University also located in St. Paul. She is currently pursuing her MEd in Language and Literacy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Christopher Clark is our Lead Developer. He joins as an entrepreneur looking to connect the world through education, technology and sports. Upon graduating from college, he pursued a career in sports, playing professional and semi-professional soccer domestically and abroad in Europe and Asia. Combining his ESL teaching experience in New York with his background in web development and social media, he is passionate about innovations in the ELL space. Christopher received his B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston.
Christopher Clark is our Lead Developer. He joins as an entrepreneur looking to connect the world through education, technology and sports. Upon graduating from college, he pursued a career in sports, playing professional and semi-professional soccer domestically and abroad in Europe and Asia. Combining his ESL teaching experience in New York with his background in web development and social media, he is passionate about innovations in the ELL space. Christopher received his B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston.

ADVISORS

Yefei Jin is the founder of LessonPick and currently the EL Product Manager at Nearpod, the award winning interactive classroom tool for teachers. He is an advocate for ELs and EL teachers and seeks to advance change through technology and policy. He brings extensive experience serving Karen refugees in St. Paul and has visited their camps in Thailand. As a strong proponent for teacher leadership, Yefei is committed to empowering teachers through collaboration and professional learning. Aside from reading about federal education policy, Yefei enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. He received his B.A. from the Univ. of Minnesota Twin Cities and his M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Yefei Jin is the founder of LessonPick and currently the EL Product Manager at Nearpod, the award winning interactive classroom tool for teachers. He is an advocate for ELs and EL teachers and seeks to advance change through technology and policy. He brings extensive experience serving Karen refugees in St. Paul and has visited their camps in Thailand. As a strong proponent for teacher leadership, Yefei is committed to empowering teachers through collaboration and professional learning. Aside from reading about federal education policy, Yefei enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. He received his B.A. from the Univ. of Minnesota Twin Cities and his M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jill A. Watson (M.A., Middlebury College, Ph.D., University of Minnesota), is a career ESL and world language teacher and teacher educator.  She consults extensively with schools and districts throughout the Midwest on strengthening English learner service, with a particular focus on the learning needs of students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). She has served as president of Minnesota’s TESOL chapter, co-founded the MinneSLIFE committee which she continues to co-lead, and worked with legislators to craft the SLIFE components of Minnesota’s ground-breaking 2014 EL legislation, the LEAPS Act. She frequently serves as expert consultant on SLIFE matters to the Minnesota Department of Education, and her scholarly publications appear in such outlets as the Routledge Handbook on Second Language Acquisition, Reading
Jill A. Watson (M.A., Middlebury College, Ph.D., University of Minnesota), is a career ESL and world language teacher and teacher educator. She consults extensively with schools and districts throughout the Midwest on strengthening English learner service, with a particular focus on the learning needs of students with limited or interrupted formal education (SLIFE). She has served as president of Minnesota’s TESOL chapter, co-founded the MinneSLIFE committee which she continues to co-lead, and worked with legislators to craft the SLIFE components of Minnesota’s ground-breaking 2014 EL legislation, the LEAPS Act. She frequently serves as expert consultant on SLIFE matters to the Minnesota Department of Education, and her scholarly publications appear in such outlets as the Routledge Handbook on Second Language Acquisition, Reading & Writing Quarterly, and LESLLA. Dr. Watson is Assistant Professor of ESL Education at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Martina Wagner has a background in serving English Language learners that has spanned over twenty years in grades pre-K through adult education. Martina’s background in Co-teaching, Sheltered Instruction, and English Language Learner programming has spanned from classroom to district implementation, professional developer, instructional coach, as well as provided strategic district action planning and implementation throughout the United States and internationally. She has keynoted several conferences including Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) conference and The MN Migrant Bilingual Conference, on the design, impact, and implementation of SIOP and co-teaching within schools and districts. Martina currently serves as Student Services Supervisor for North St. Paul-Oakdale-Maplewood School District, in addition to providing consultation to districts throughout the state and beyond. She has completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Educational Doctoral Degree in Leadership and Administration.
Martina Wagner has a background in serving English Language learners that has spanned over twenty years in grades pre-K through adult education. Martina’s background in Co-teaching, Sheltered Instruction, and English Language Learner programming has spanned from classroom to district implementation, professional developer, instructional coach, as well as provided strategic district action planning and implementation throughout the United States and internationally. She has keynoted several conferences including Minnesota Middle School Association (MMSA) conference and The MN Migrant Bilingual Conference, on the design, impact, and implementation of SIOP and co-teaching within schools and districts. Martina currently serves as Student Services Supervisor for North St. Paul-Oakdale-Maplewood School District, in addition to providing consultation to districts throughout the state and beyond. She has completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Educational Doctoral Degree in Leadership and Administration.

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