ELL Endorsement Academy

Next cohort starts Fall Quarter 2021

  • Priority Application Deadline: 6/1/2021 

The online English Language Learners (ELL) Endorsement Academy consists of eight classes that meet in virtual, synchronous sessions twice a week in the evenings, with additional asynchronous work throughout the week. Our classes are developed with teacher's schedules in mind. 

This program helps Washington state teachers regardless of where they live prepare for the required WEST-E exam, offering a rigorous and affordable pathway to earning an ELL endorsement. Teachers can apply their learning in the classroom immediately and adjust their techniques as the academy progresses.

Brought to you by the College of Education's office of Professional & Continuing Education, courses are taught by expert practitioners including certified current and former classroom teachers from a variety of Washington school districts. Seattle University faculty oversee the courses to ensure that the materials and teaching are current and relevant.

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Endorsement Academy Instructors

Leslie Schicht

Leslie Schicht, MiT, University of Washington, is a National Board Certified Teacher who has been teaching and working in public education since 2005. She has taught ELL students in support classes and worked with secondary ELL students in Language Arts and Social Studies. She has worked as the only ELL teacher in a small school district teaching grades K – 12, served as ELL Facilitator and instructional coach in a high school, and managed all ELL services as a district ELL Coordinator. Additionally she works around the country as an Education Consultant. She brings her expertise in culturally relevant and responsive practices to all of her work and credits her ELL students with constantly helping her to be a better educator.


Thad Williams

Thad Williams currently serves as an ELL Instructional and Professional Development Coach in the Bellevue School District. He is presently completing a Ph.D in Language, Literacy and Culture with an expected completion in spring, 2018. Mr. Williams is a National Board Certified Teacher and has served emergent bilinguals and their families as a classroom teacher and ELL instructional coach for more than a decade in the Jackson-Madison School District (Tennessee), Kent School District and Bellevue School District (Washington). He has designed and facilitated dual language and Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) professional development focusing on areas including dual language fundamentals, teacher development, instructional coaching, literacy, sheltering instruction, language program models, cultural competency, and racial equity. He has several years of experience as an instructor in teacher education courses focusing on teaching ELLs. Mr. Williams also serves as a national professional development facilitator for the Center for Applied Linguistics. 


Nancy Yi-Cline

Nancy served as an ELL specialist in Seattle Public Schools and as an adjunct ELL Instructor at Seattle University and holds a Doctor of Education degree in Language, Literacy, & Culture at the University of Washington. As an experienced language teacher, Nancy has worked with EFL/ELL students of all ages and proficiency levels in public and private schools in the U.S. and abroad. Nancy also has years of experience as a teacher educator and coach in teacher preparation, ELL endorsement programs, district novice teacher support programs, and multilingual education departments. Nancy believes in meaningful, engaging, and culturally sustaining pedagogy, and seeks effective instructional strategies to help students develop language, literacy, and critical thinking skills. Nancy is an advocate for plurilingual-culturalism and work to promote equitable education for all students.


Ellen Strickland Kaje 

Ellen Kaje currently serves as Director of Categorical Programs and Academic Support for Shoreline Public Schools. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009. Her research looks at how elementary classroom teachers engage culturally and linguistically diverse learners within the academic discourse. Dr. Kaje taught aspiring administrators about working with English learners in the UW’s Danforth program for 8 years. Dr. Kaje has worked with English learners in K-12 schools since 1994, starting her teaching career in San Francisco, CA. She has since taught language learners in Helsinki, Finland, Highline and Northshore School Districts and joined Shoreline as a district administrator in 2007. Dr. Kaje served on Washington State’s Bilingual Education Advisory Committee (BEAC) from 2004-2012, acting as Chair for two years. She has since served on various other state level work groups and committees, including most recently the Committee of Practitioners, advising OSPI around issues pertaining to implementation of ESSA. Dr. Kaje’s most recent work with English learners focuses on the development and implementation of Shoreline’s Dual Language Program, which opened in 2017.


Kelley Archer

Kelley began her career as a bilingual teacher (Spanish/ English) in California. Kelley's work has been committed to improving educational outcomes for ELL students and worked for Seattle Public Schools as a literacy and ELL instructional coach and then as an elementary principal.  She has been an adjunct instructor in both California and Washington working with teachers (future and current) to improve instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. Kelley looks forward to continuing this learning journey with the amazing students at Seattle University.


Shane Baguyo

Shane has been a school counselor, school psychologist, Assistant Principal K-6, Elementary Principal, Assistant Director for Inclusive Services, and Executive Director for Special Services.  Throughout his time as a previous administrator, Shane has provided training and support to building level and central office ELL and special education staff. Shane is currently a Program Specialist in Advanced Learning in Seattle Public Schools, as well as, as a Racial Equity Coach for SEA Center for Racial Equity.  As a racial equity coach, Shane has done racial equity coaching throughout the school district and has presented at regional, state, and national conferences. Shane’s higher education experience includes teaching graduate courses in school counseling, school psychology, and special education. Shane is a proud alumni of Seattle University and earned his undergraduate (B.A., psychology) and graduate degrees (M.A., School Counseling; Ed.S., School Psychology) from Seattle University, and his administrative credentials from the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington.