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2021 English Learner Advocacy Institute 

November 11-14, 2021
Lodi, CA

Californians Together invites applicants to an extraordinary, four-day professional development event for selected leaders and advocates for quality education for English Learners. This is a fully-funded event (materials, meals, lodging), with  support available as needed for transportation. Applications will be competitive, as capacity for the award is limited. 

The institute will be based on design and materials developed for the English Learner  Leadership and Legacy Initiative (ELLLI).  ELLLI aims to equip a new generation of EL education leaders with an historical perspective and practical skills to  further advocacy and action work at the local, regional and state levels on behalf of ELs and  their families. The Institute features some of the state’s top EL authorities. 

The institute includes presentations, discussions, case studies, film and hands-on activities that  will further develop your understanding of the history and current context of EL education in  California. The Institute will provide participants with skills in planning and implementing advocacy  campaigns, and to connect advocates to a growing community of EL advocates within local regions and across California. 

WHERE: The EL Advocacy Institute will take place at the beautiful Wine and Roses Hotel located in the heart of the Central Valley  in Lodi, California. Californians Together will be provide on-site accommodations  in spacious double-occupancy rooms (single-occupancy upon request). Pool and exercise facilities are available. 

  • Five or more years experience with EL education, in PreK-12 settings, institutes of higher education, or in community or advocacy organizations and…
  • Some prior engagement in leadership and advocacy for EL education (, district, or county level, or non-governmental organization, and engagement in local CABE chapter). 

Attendance will be fully-funded for the most qualified individuals selected from among all applicants. Those admitted into the institute will receive all materials, *lodging (single occupancy) and meals during the institute, and be reimbursed for flights, mileage, and/or ground transportation up to  $300 each. Those who complete the four days will become ELLLI advocates, joining an expanding ELLLI community, along with veteran EL advocates in our efforts to impact state-wide policy and practice in fostering quality education for English learners. 

All applications must be submitted online. No paper applications will be accepted. Application deadline: July 31, 2021

The 2021 EL Advocacy Institute has been made possible thanks to the generous support of  The Emerging Bilingual Collaborative, a project of the New Venture Fund, which includes: The Sobrato Family Foundation, The Heising-Simons Foundation, Silver Giving, and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support for this project has come from the Stuart Foundation, the ABLE fund, and scores of  individual donors.  

For more information, visit our website at: or our ELLLI project page:  https://www.californians-together.local/english-learner-leadership-legacy-initiative/