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2024 Virtual Roundtable Discussion (Pre-Conference Advocacy Event)

  • 08 Mar 2024
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Virtual

Collaborating to Sustain and Grow Dual Language/Bilingual Education – Sharing responsibility for cultivating a linguistically diverse teacher workforce

TOPIC: This Pre-Conference Advocacy event will focus on how the shortage of bilingual teachers poses a considerable challenge to our education system, and an even more pressing challenge to our DLE programs. This Roundtable Discussion aims to bring together decision-making partners a meaningful discussion on the current state of bilingual teacher shortages and explore collaborative strategies to address this pressing issue. To illustrate the barriers to bilingual teacher shortages, MABE members will share their whitepaper highlighting the current state of bilingual teacher shortages in RI titled “Cultivating and Expanding the Bilingual Educator Workforce in Rhode Island.” The challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for policy makers, leaders, and institutions of higher education described in the white paper are the same experienced throughout the nation. Based on the recommendations from the white paper, we propose an action plan to create alternative pathways to increasing the number of qualified bilingual teachers in RI and beyond. We realize that this will happen with shared responsibility and commitment from all partners.

GOALSThe goals of the Roundtable are to provide you with an opportunity to:

A - D - V - O - C - A - T - E

  • Address the current challenges, opportunities, and recommendations regarding the bilingual teacher shortage
  • Disseminate the value of DLE programs for students, educators, families, and communities
  • Visualize and understand the unique components of DLE teacher competencies
  • Organize productive solutions to teacher shortages
  • Commit to sustaining and growing a linguistically diverse teacher workforce
  • Affirm our communities of multilingual learners and educators
  • Take action by joining a network of support that cultivates DLE programs and educators
  • Evaluate the current pathways to teacher licensure
WHEN: March 8, 2024  |  9am-12pm

WHERE: Virtual, Link to follow registration 


  • Dr. Laura Hamman-Ortiz, University of Rhode Island
  • Dr. Rabia Hos, University of Rhode Island
  • Dr. Michael Guerrero, Educators for Multilingual Multicultural America (EMMA)
  • Dr. Conor Williams, The Century Foundation
AGENDAReview the agenda

We encourage leaders to extend this invitation to any interested colleagues.

Please RSVP by March 7, 2024. 

MABE's Pre-Conference Virtual Roundtable is an advocacy event for invited guests and interested parties including school and district leaders, state education agencies, legislators, higher education institutions, and community organizations from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Maine. By making connections and creating opportunities for collaboration among many stakeholders, we will be able to move forward together in creating the most equitable education and language learning programs for our students, especially those in underserved groups.


Please email MABE with any questions. 



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Ashland, MA 01721

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