About Us

cc_b_30Since 1993, Course Crafters, Inc. has been committed to developing effective educational materials for English language learners (ELLs) and their teachers, Pre-K to grade 12. For over two decades, Course Crafters has conceptualized, written, designed, and produced hundreds of English as a second language (ESL) and bilingual core programs, supplementary materials, and educational technology products, as well as ELL ancillaries, teacher materials, and Spanish-language versions of reading, math, social studies, and science textbook programs, for scores of educational organizations.

Course Crafters is the author of The Academic Language Notebooks: The Language of Math  (Perfection Learning) and the online Read-It program (EBSCO Publishing).

At Course Crafters, Lise Ragan is co-author, with Sylvia Acevedo, of HMH Family Engagement (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), a research-based program for developing and sustaining effective partnerships between schools and English learner families with the goal of academic achievement for every emergent bilingual student: Every student is a Scholar! 

Lise Ragan works with a team of specialized, experienced ELL professionals to plan, design, and create programs that respond to the unique talents English learners bring, and the academic challenges these students may face, in today’s rigorous classrooms. Ensuring that the materials we create help emergent bilingual students to achieve and excel with the support of their families and their teachers is our commitment.

lbr-photo-2011Lise Ragan is veteran of educational publishing, with extensive experience creating, publishing, and marketing multimedia educational products, preK-adult. Lise has unique and specialized expertise as a curriculum development and marketing expert, speaker, and consultant in the English Language Learning (ELL) market, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. market and internationally.

A former English as a second language (ESL) and French teacher, Lise has a breadth and depth of executive experience and proven expertise in leading product development and marketing/business development. Lise is the founder and CEO of Course Crafters, Inc. (http://www.coursecrafters.com), a developer of curriculum and instructional materials for English language learners (ELLs) and resources and professional development for their teachers, preK-adult, since 1993.

Lise is a frequent consultant and presenter on the global ELL market, both in the U.S. and overseas, for publishers, ed tech companies, nonprofit educational organizations, and investors. She has authored numerous publications and articles on the ELL market, notably the Course Crafters Guide to the ELL Market (2012), which is regarded as the most comprehensive and insightful report on the U.S. K-12 ELL market. Lise and Course Crafters have provided consulting to numerous organizations, including Pearson, Scholastic, DreamBox Learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and the Educational Testing Service (ETS).