ALAS Joins OELA for Multiliteracy Symposium

A special thank you to OELA for hosting their Multiliteracy Symposium at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, DC!

The event explored important topics with national leaders in research, practice, and policy who shared their perspectives on why developing language and literacy skills in English plus other languages is critical in today’s learning environment.
Featured speakers included leaders from federal agencies, Congress, educators, parents and students. 
 
Welcome remarks by Jose A. Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of OELA, U.S. Department of Education, Remarks by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Closing Remarks by Margarita Pinkos, President of National Association of Bilingual Education (NABE) 
 
ALAS Executive Director, Dr. Lewin, moderated a panel – Focus on Educational Systems and Practices: Multilingual and multiliteracy programs in three schools systems which included bilingual program leaders, educators, teachers, students and parents. 
 
Panel consisted of the following participants:
Washington, D.C: 
Vanessa Bertelli, Executive Director & Co-Founder, DC Language Immersion Project
Daniella Anello, Head of School, DC Bilingual Public Charter School
Nandi Chase, Seventh Grade Student, District of Columbia International School
Cherise Cole, Parent, District of Columbia Public Schools
 
Prince George’s County, MD:
Delores Millhouse, Co-Founder, My Bilingual Child
Noah Alexander Millhouse, Third Grade Student, Phyllis E. Williams Spanish Immersion School
Jane M. Tarwacki, Immersion Instructional Specialist, Prince George’s County Public Schools
Mauricio Salinas, Spanish Immersion Program Coordinator, Cool Spring Dual Spanish Immersion School
 
Fairfax County, VA:
Rich Pollio, Director of ESOL Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
Sarah Eqab, ESOL Instructional Resource Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools 
 

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