Mia Ariela Allen
is the Founder and Director of Professional Learning for Denver-based 4Ed Consulting. The organization is focused on improving programmatic structures and creating equitable learning opportunities for English Language Learners. Mia completed dissertation work focused on English Language Learning programs for newcomer and refugee students that have timed-out or dropped-out of a traditional secondary school model.
Mia earned her first Masters at the University of Northern Colorado-Greely focused on Elementary Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students. Mia then went on to study at the University of Colorado-Boulder in the Bueno Center program- focused on bilingual special education. Mia has taught and coached in Denver Public schools and then went on to work in the digital publishing industry creating English Language Development and Spanish bilingual and biliteracy-based curriculum.
Mia had the opportunity to provide WIDA-based workshops for many consortium member states. Additionally, Mia served as the Director of ELL and Bilingual Services for a non-profit organization in Philadelphia where she assisted with an i3 scale grant in Broward County Schools (Florida), Denver Public Schools(Colorado), Elizabeth Public Schools (New Jersey), Houston Independent School District. In her tenure, Mia supported the development of English language development resources and materials to create sheltered-learning and coaching aligned to early literacy development across the i3 project. Mia currently is working with school districts in Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois and New Mexico to develop language-rich learning environments that support cross-curricular English Language Development.