Bilingual Education is Here to Stay

Bilingual Education is Here to Stay

Bilingual Education is Here to Stay

These days no matter what changes take place at the federal or state level, bilingual education is here to stay. One organization doing terrific advocacy work for bilingual people of all ages is the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE).

Some of NABE’s objectives include:

    • Improving instructional practices for culturally and language-diverse children.
    • Providing bilingual teachers with the highest-quality professional developmentopportunities as possible.
    • Securing funding for programs that serve limited-English-proficient students.
    • Keeping the rights of minority American families in focus as communities and states move forward with educational reforms.

The organization’s affiliates are doing some amazing work as well and are not only in the states but in several countries, too. Like NABE, they also have cool acronyms associated with them. The affiliates listed stateside are as follows including their Twitter handles for those that have them:

AABE: Arizona Association for Bilingual Education
AKABE: Alaska Association for Bilingual Education
CABE: California Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @CABEBEBILINGUA
COABE: Colorado Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @Colorado_CABE
FABE: Florida Association for Bilingual Education
FABES: Florida Association for Bilingual Education Supervisors
GABE: Georgia Association for Bilingual Education
IABE: Idaho Association for Bilingual Education
IAMME: Illinois Association for Multilingual, Multicultural Education
KABE: Kansas Association for Bilingual Education
MABE: Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @MassMabe
MABEMI: Michigan Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @MABE_MI
NABE: National Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @NABEorg
NJBE: NJTESOL/New Jersey for Bilingual Education
NMABE – New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education
NYSABE: New York State Association for Bilingual Education
OABE: Oklahoma Association for Bilingual Education
OABE: Oregon Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @_OABE
TABE: Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE). Twitter: @rgv_tabe (Rio Grande Valley, Texas).
WABEWA: Washington Association for Bilingual Education
WIABE: Wisconsin Association for Bilingual Education. Twitter: @WIABE

FABE’s international affiliates are as follows:
CABE: China Association for Bilingual Education
MEXABE: Mexico Association For Bilingual Education
EB: SPAIN – ASOCIACIÓN ENSEÑANZA BILINGÜE

Along with helpful bilingual education organizations, finding educational programs that support ELL students’ first language, such as The Latino Family Literacy Project, can make an enormous difference on their overall academic and language acquisition success.

Bilingual Education is Here to Stay