Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast

A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers

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Advocacy

Advocacy 

(Being understood) combines respect for all participants with the courage to speak your voice, share your insights, and advance the dialogue towards a new understanding of the whole.  – L. R. Beaumont 

Advocacy is at the core of MABE. MABE prides itself on being a strong advocate for quality dual language education and bilingual programming for students, families, and educators. Advocacy can be seen when we participate in advisory councils, when we work on changing state legislation, guidance and policy, and when we present at conferences. Advocacy is seen everyday by our students and families when they interact with you in your classrooms and schools.

COALITIONS, PARTNERSHIPS, & WORKING GROUPS


Advisory Boards

MABE Board members are representatives on the following state education advisory councils:


Bilingualism is a GIFT! 

  • An initiative by the Watertown Public School (MA) encouraging families to use their home language everyday.


MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATION 

An Act Relative to the Training, Assessment, and Assignment of Qualified School Interpreters in Educational Settings (H3979 /SB2494)

Creates standards and competencies for the training, hiring and use of interpreters in educational settings in order to provide limited English proficient (LEP) parents and students with competent interpretation services, as required by federal and state law. 

An Act Relative to Educator Diversity  (H682/S366)

This bill would create robust pathways for diverse professionals and educators to enter the teaching profession and is sponsored by the two Joint Education Committee Chairs, Representative Alice Peisch and Senator Jason Lewis.

Racially and Culturally Inclusive Curriculum Act (H671/S304) and An Act relative to anti-racism, equity and justice in education (H584/S365)

  • MABE Written Testimony September 20, 2021

An Act expanding opportunities to demonstrate academic achievement (S293/H612)

Number One for Some

The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership,  has released a report titled Number One for Some, Opportunity and Achievement in Massachusetts. The report gathers and highlights critical disparities facing Black, Latino, and low-income students who continue to have a dramatically different experience in Massachusetts’ schools than their White and higher-income peers.


CONNECTICUT LEGISLATION 

Significant Changes to Bilingual Education Certification Requirements, September 2021The new law changes certification significantly for bilingual education. 


RHODE ISLAND LEGISLATION

Successful passage of The World Language and Dual Language Immersion ActThis  act  establishes  and  requires  funding  for  a  world  language  and  dual  language immersion  program. This modest reserve of state funding will prioritize multilingual education by creating a dual language program fund and a world language and dual language specialist position at RIDE. This specialist will serve as a resource for school districts and take a critical role in the development, expansion, and improvement of world language and dual language immersion programs across the state. 

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