Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast
A nonprofit organization for educators, families, and policy makers
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The purpose of this conference is to create the opportunity for dual language educators to network and collaborate, increase our professional development, share instructional methods that promote bilingualism and multiculturalism, disseminate current research, and learn new ways to reach out to families and communities. This conference is an opportunity for school and district leaders, classroom teachers, and staff working in Dual Language Education programs to network with other Dual Language practitioners, engage in professional development for Dual Language instruction, and learn how to develop and advocate for Dual Language Education.
"Juntos Podemos: Empowering Educators & Communities Through Humanizing Pedagogies" was held in-person with remote virtual offerings on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Dwight Bellizzi Dual Language Academy in Hartford, CT and featured Keynote Speakers Liz Howard and Shera Simpson. Conference attendees can view resources and materials from the conference on the Sched App through April, and they will then be updated to our Member’s Only pages.
This was MABE's biggest conference so far, and we were overjoyed to have 390 registrants from 10 states, 3 countries, 20 sponsors, and more than 40 offered sessions.
Including Keynote Address by Liz Howard and Shera Simpson, “Navigating Tensions between Separation of Languages and Translanguaging: Moving towards an Instructional Language Continuum through Tandem Teaching.”
Pre-Conference School VisitsMABE has been organizing school/program tours since 2013 as part of MABE’s conference goal to make connections. During the pandemic, school visits were canceled. In 2023, MABE went back to in-person and reinstating the pre-conference school visits in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. A record-breaking total of 13 schools opened their door to more than 160 visitors.
Including short video "Bilingual Education in Connecticut" to celebrate 50 years of bilingual education in the region, featuring Secretary of Education Dr. Miguel Cardona.
MABE's Pre-Conference Virtual Roundtable is an advocacy event for invited guests including district leaders, state education agencies, legislators, higher education institutions, and community organizations from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine.
This year, the theme was "Equity and Implications of the Science of Reading on Dual Language Programs" with Keynote Speaker Dr. Patrick Proctor from Boston College, and more than 130 educators from the region and nation registered.
Members are be able to find past recordings and materials on our Member’s Only website pages.