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TESOL Celebrates National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month

by David Cutler | 04/25/2016
On 21 April 2016, TESOL International Association attended a celebration of National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, hosted by the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), in conjunction with the Office of Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA). 

Joining TESOL at the event were representatives from The U.S. Department of Education, The White House, American Federation of Teachers, Arlington Public Schools (Arlington, VA), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, Innovative Consultants International, Inc., Joint National Committee for Languages, McGraw-Hill Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and Tacoma Public Schools (Tacoma, Washington). 

Congressman Honda, sponsor of a  Resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to recognize April as National Bilingual/Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month, gave his congratulatory remarks to begin the event, citing the importance of encouraging students to explore and maintain their native language, while learning new ones. Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director of the Office of English Language Acquisition within the U.S. Department of Education, echoed the Congressman’s remarks, conveying to the audience how bilingual and multilingual will help advance the futures of our children. Other speakers at the event included Jon R. Gundry, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County of Office of Education, Natalia Uro-DeLeon, a student representative from Gunston Middle School in Arlington, VA, Dr. Yee Wan, President of NABE, and Dr. Santiago Wood, Executive Director of NABE.