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Multilingual Learner Consortium to Support Central Valley Educational Success

The Central Valley has some of highest percentages of English learners in California and persistently some of the lowest outcomes for those students (academic, language proficiency, graduation, college/career readiness, among others)

LONG BEACH, CA– August 8, 2022 – On August 10, August 30, and September 8, Californians Together will launch its Central Valley Multilingual Consortium in Ceres, Fresno and Bakersfield, CA, hosting three convenings focused on English learner students. Participants will have the opportunity to attend either of the three sessions to engage in a day of discussion about the current needs, issues, and opportunities for English learners across the region.

Executive Director of Californians Together, Martha Hernandez, explains what participants can expect. “The convenings will provide an opportunity for leaders from many of the Central Valley’s professional school-based and community organizations to join together to learn about and share experiences on the current state of affairs for English learners in California’s Central Valley and to discuss the critical role that we all play in supporting the educational success of these students.”

“The demographic shifts of recent years as well as the focus on “equity” has primed the Central Valley education communities to expand equity-based approaches. The consortium will play a key role in supporting the local education community to promote an assets-based education, especially for English learners (ELs)”, explains Eric Alvarez, Central Valley Policy Associate for Californians Together.

The Central Valley Multilingual Consortium project in collaboration with educators, nonprofit, and community-based partners aims to establish a comprehensive and community-centered policy agenda for English learners (ELs) across the region.

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Californians Together is a statewide advocacy coalition of powerful organizations from all segments of the education community including teachers, administrators, board members, parents and civil rights non-profit groups. Our member organizations come together around the goal of better educating 1.1 million English learners by improving California’s schools and promoting equitable educational policy.

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