Kelli Scardina

At Education Northwest, Kelli shares deep experience in dual-language education and a passion for supporting emergent bilingual students. Her focus is in designing and facilitating professional learning, coaching and consulting for technical assistance.

She has served as a bilingual educator in public schools for over 27 years, working in a variety of positions and educational settings in California and Oregon. She earned a B.A. in Latin American and Iberian studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Before coming to Education Northwest, she served as a reading specialist and English learner teacher in a local school district while continuing her work as a curriculum developer and facilitator in the district’s multilingual department. This work gave her the opportunity to fortify and refine her pedagogical practice while continuing to broaden her understanding of diverse instructional contexts for English learner students.

She is excited to be able to combine her love of literacy and language learning and evidence-based strategies that promote equitable and effective instructional practices for emergent bilingual students with systems that provide better access to core content and language learning for all students.

“I really enjoy collaborating with teachers, building on their passion and talents to strengthen their ability to be more inclusive, and more effectively meet the language needs of their culturally and linguistically diverse students throughout the school day.”

Equity and Systems Improvement for Emergent Bilingual Students


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Blog Posts

Reimagine Education Starting This Summer


May 25th, 2021

When planning for summer programs, considering students’ full humanity, centering equity, and aiming for well-rounded programs will set students up for success.

7 Ways to Develop an Online Community with English Learner Students


June 9th, 2020

Learn strategies for developing an online community with EL students, such as leveraging their digital skills, creating buddy systems, holding breakfast meetings, and checking in with families.