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NABE launches its First in a Series of Regional Institutes

from NABE

"One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way." — Frank Smith

Dear Colleagues:
Welcome to NABE's first Regional Equity Institute: Resisting Inequity: Language as Power & Right, where we continued our theme for 2018 at this first Regional Equity Institute in Sacramento, CA on September 14 in partnership with Education Trust-West. The Institute provided a perfect opportunity to engage superintendents and other senior leaders in examining values-driven and research informed approaches for designing and sustaining powerful multilingual learning environments for English Learners. It provided a motivational and inspiring experience for thinking about the power of language as a vehicle for fighting inequity. In addition, it explored "bright lights" models, practices, and strategies that are getting positive results for English Learner academic, linguistic, and global success.

Among the keynote presenters were Bryonn Bain, Poet, Artist, Activist and Teacher who made a strong case justifying why preserving students’ language is a key to the development of healthy identities and how engaging culture builds healthy communities and dynamic classrooms leading to the real value of multilingualism. Bryonn explored topics that lie at the heart of powerful, liberating and transformative education for today’s youth. His engaging and inspiring message to educators was about the power to create environments of hope and success for all our diverse learners. The other lead presenter was NABE’s national secretary and past CABE President and an English Learner educational expert. Francisca Sanchez honed in on the topic of decolonizing our classrooms while creating Counter-Hegemonic spaces that support English Learner excellence. She challenged the participants to be intentional and powerful forces for the good by designing English Learners programs based on transformative approach that values and builds on their languages, cultures, and past experiences that leads not only to high academic performances but also to the development of healthy and confident self identities.

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