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Laurie Olsen

Laurie was one of the original group of EL advocates who in 1998 – heartbroken yet determined in the wake of the passage of Proposition 227 – set out to establish an enduring organization to be a voice for English learners in California. She served on the original Board, and has continued to be integrally involved in our leadership since that time. Believing in the power of words and voice to speak truth to power, she has served as a writer, researcher and spokesperson for Californians Together while also throwing herself into creating models and examples of powerful joyful classrooms and schools for English learners as Director of the Sobrato Early Academic Language model currently being replicated in 100 schools across 20.