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20th annual leadership in biliteracy symposium; promote and honor the biliteracy leaders in your district or charter school


Thank you for joining us as we honored your biliteracy leaders at the 20th annual SDCOE Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium. 

The event featured Brandon Brizuela, college student and past recipient of the Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship, and Mónica Nava, the Region 9 senior director of Migrant Education at the SDCOE and this year’s recipient of the Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy award.

ABC 10 News Meteorologist Angelica Campos shared her powerful story of being a bilingual first-generation American via video message, and a student mariachi band entertained the audience with their musical talents.

Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy Award​ 

The San Diego County Office of Education is pleased to announce that Mónica Nava is the recipient of the San Diego County Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy Award. She will be honored at the 20th annual Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium. Mónica has devoted her career advocating for students in primary language, dual language, and English language programs. Currently, she is the Senior Director for the Migrant Education Program, Region 9 where she works to ensure migrant students are effectively supported and excel in all aspects of their education. She is the former senior director of English Learner and Support Services at the San Diego County Office of Education where she led work that impacted the teaching and learning of language learners. Monica has served on the board of the Association of Two-way and Dual Language Education (ATDLE) since 2013. 

​​​The Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy Award is given to one person or institution in San Diego County in special recognition of their efforts for and commitment to promoting biliteracy and academic achievement for English Learners. 

Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarship

Since 2008, we have been able to present Bea Gonzales Biliteracy Scholarships to select students deemed meritorious candidates by their districts, and Mission To Succeed scholarships sponsored by Mission Fed​eral Credit Union. The 2018 application form will be posted here when available. 

Artwork in the top image was designed by Sal Barajas.