Californians Together, in collaboration with the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), has developed the EL Leadership & Legacy Initiative (ELLLI) as a three year effort that will initially result in a group of nineteen new English Learner (EL) education advocates/leaders. These EL fellows will be equipped to advance proactive projects (such as the current biliteracy campaign), as well as to respond effectively to anticipated political challenges at state and local levels. In addition to the preparation of selected cohorts of new EL leaders, the project aims to make more widely available an EL leadership and legacy curriculum that can empower many other leaders at the local, regional and state levels. The project will draw on the perspectives of many senior EL leaders, and current advocates for ELs and will use a blend of whole group training insinuates, one-on-one coaching and mentoring and project based experiences. [Read more…] about English Learner Leadership & Legacy Initiative
Ed Trust – West has joined a diverse coalition of organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union, Californians Together, the California Association of Bilingual Educators and the California Latino School Boards Association in asking Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an English learners advocate to the State Board of Education. The governor has the opportunity to do right by the more than 1.4 million English learners by choosing someone with a track record of fighting for these students and who understands the families and communities the students come from.
Coalition of Signing Organizatons
|The Education Trust-West||Californians Together||California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE)||Californians for Justice|
|Educators 4 Excellence – Los Angeles||Reading and Beyond||California Latino Shool Board Association||Fresno Center of New Americans|
|InnerCity Struggle||GEMAS||Asian Americans Advancing Justice||Public Counsel|
|United Way of Greater Los Angeles||Public Advocates Inc.||Parent Institute for Quality Education||ACLU of California|
|CARECEN – Los Angele||United Ways of California||United Way of the Bay Area||Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)|
|The Civil Rights Project (UCLA)|
The Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE) honored 12 county school districts and one charter school as partners in the Seal of Biliteracy and Pathway Awards program during a special recognition agenda item at its Dec. 10 meeting. A new Wall of Honor was unveiled, highlighting the initiative and the commitment of county schools in promoting language assets for all students.
What’s the issue?
SB 1174 (Lara) repeals current law requiring English Only placement for English Learners while still maintaining English language development, access to all content areas and providing program opportunities for all students to become multiliterate.
Urge Governor Brown to sign this bill, so all students will be given access to a critical 21st Century skill; the ability to speak, read and write more than one language proficiently, including English!
Why is SB 1174 (Lara) important?
SB 1174 (Lara) removes a barrier created by Proposition 227 preventing English learners from participating in the most effective programs by repealing the English Only placement requirement.
SB 1174 (Lara) supports preparation for students to effectively participate in our state’s diverse and global economy by encouraging school districts to provide programs that promote multiliteracy for all students.
What do you need to do?
Take action by contacting Governor Brown
By phone: Call the Office of Governor Brown at 916-445-2841
between 9 a.m. and 5p.m. weekdays. Ask to speak to the
Legislative Representative assigned to SB 1174 (Lara) and state:
“Hello, my name is _____ and I am a (parent/educator) and I support SB 1174 (Lara) English Language Education. I urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1174 (Lara) because it will provide all of our children/students with a critical 21 Century skill, that of speaking, reading and writing proficiency in one or more languages in addition to English. The knowledge of languages will empower our children/students to effectively participate in our diverse state and global economy.”
Send a letter urging the Governor to sign SB 1174 (Lara) so that all students are provided the critical 21st Century skill of one or more languages, in addition to English