The San Diego County Office of Education will honor school district leaders for their work championing proficiency in at least two languages at the 20th annual Leadership in Biliteracy Symposium in May.
Nominations are now being accepted by school districts and charter schools. This is an opportunity to shine a light on the leaders in schools who demonstrate excellence in promoting biliteracy.
This 20th annual event will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. May 8 at the Marriott La Jolla. In addition to honoring nominees, the event features student performances and a keynote address.
The symposium includes the recognition of a community champion. This year, Mónica Nava, the Region 9 senior director of Migrant Education at the San Diego County Office of Education, will be honored at the symposium as the recipient of the Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy award. Nava has devoted her career to advocating for students in primary language, dual language, and English language programs.
For 20 years, hundreds of families, educators, students, and community members have gathered to recognize the great work happening in districts to cultivate and promote biliteracy, which is a priceless skill in our global economy.
Research shows that students who know more than one language are better prepared for the global community and the job market. Students learning in more than one language, such as in a dual language program, have been shown to develop a variety of critical-thinking skills and perform as well on English assessments as students in a traditional setting.
To nominate a district or charter school leader in biliteracy and register to attend, visit www.sdcoe.net/biliteracy.