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September 10 Webinar: What Every School Board Member Needs to Know about English Learners

  • Date Posted
    September 8, 2020
  • Category
    News
A September 10 webinar presented by the Illinois Association of School Boards with the Latino Policy Forum will address “What Every School Board Member Needs to Know about English Learners.”

Join Rebecca Vonderlack-Navarro and Karen Garibay-Mulattieri from the Latino Policy Forum to discuss the changing student demographics in Illinois and how school board members can be prepared to make wise decisions to support achievement.

While a “majority-minority” student population has long been a reality in the Chicago, 2011 marked the first time that minority students were the majority in kindergarten through third grade classrooms across Illinois. The majority of students within this demographic shift come from immigrant families who are typically unfamiliar with how to navigate the school system in the United States. They have a range of proficiency in English and varied levels of academic native language. These students’ educational experiences and academic opportunities serve as a critical conduit for how they will flourish and succeed as adults. Educators prepared to build on students’ linguistic and cultural strengths have a major impact on these students, their communities, and the future of Illinois. Even more with a worldwide pandemic, English Learners bring important assets and need specialized instruction.

This webinar takes place on Thursday, September 10 at 1 p.m. Registration is available via the IASB Events Calendar. For individuals who can’t attend the live event, most IASB webinars are archived and available for viewing.