Dearborn Public Schools

Resisting Inequity: Language as Power and Right

Dearborn EL and SIP members teamed up to attend the 2018 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) 47th Annual Conference.  The NABE is a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.  Our team had the opportunity to attend several high-quality sessions that focused on improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children.

The pre-conference institute, Empowering English Learners: A TEAM Approach for School Leaders was l​e​​d​ by John Seidlitz who is a familiar face in our district.  This institute was organized around four keys to administrator success in promoting achievement in bilingual students ​as a TEAM​:

       Transform Professional Development

       Elevate Program Expectations

       Advocate for English Learners

       Monitor and Adjust for Improvement

Another high impact session attended ​by members ​was Creating a Culturally Responsive School. We examined questions such as, “How do we create a school atmosphere where every student and staff member is seen and valued?”  Together, the participants explored what it will take to create a truly multicultural, responsive school community. 

​The EL and SIP teams are excited to implement some of these best practices with our Dearborn students.

EL and SIP team members pose next to a NABE conference sign

One thought on “Resisting Inequity: Language as Power and Right

  • Maura Sedgeman says:

    Wow. Sounds like a very productive conference– lots to share with teachers and administrators back home. It must have been great to hear new things from John Seidlitz.

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