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 led 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.