by Claudia Lockwood
ELLLI Steering Committee and
CABE Multilingual Excellence Consultant
A Tradition of EL Leadership
California has a long-standing tradition of leadership in the education of English Learners and the development of biliteracy. These efforts are led by various coalitions, but most notably through the efforts of CABE and Californians Together. Examples of their work can be seen in the advocacy efforts that resulted in the successful passage of Proposition 58, the vision, development, and legislative approval of the Seal of Biliteracy that has now been adopted by 23 states, and many other policy and legislative actions.
The Birth of ELLLI
Several years ago, a group of veteran and retired educators and other professionals
(lawyers, publishing representatives, non-profit administrators), including those most influential in policy-making and legislative issues, came to the realization that it was important to identify and develop a new generation of leaders in this area. Several of these individuals, along with the leadership of Californians Together and partnership of CABE, gathered to develop a three-year institute focused on this initiative, the English Learner Leadership and Legacy Institute (ELLLI). This group of ten people have worked together through various organizations and initiatives and learned the value of statewide and cross-agency collaboration to promote and successfully implement appropriate policies and practices.
New Opportunity for 50 more Participants
Thanks to generous support from foundations and many individuals, the initial success of the program led to the opportunity to provide an abbreviated version, the EL Advocacy Institute, to an additional 50 participants. The application process that is now in effect (ending March 15th) will lead to the identification of these 50 participants who will convene at Kellogg Center at Cal Poly Pomona for a four-day intensive institute in August, 2017.
Who should apply?
Mid-career professionals (educators, attorneys, non-profit representatives, social workers and others) are the target audience who will participate and interact with each other, along with some of the mentors, fellows, and the steering committee. ELLLI is fortunate to not only have the opportunity to develop long-term relationships, but also to begin the process of expanding this important cadre of future leaders, who can continue the legacy of leadership in the education of English Learners in California. Download application.
Join the Movement!
Please review the application and use it to apply yourself or to pass it on to others who might be interested in participating in the EL Advocacy Institute.
Learn more at www.ellli.org.