The Central Valley Multilingual Consortium is composed of English learner advocates from school-based and community organizations across the counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Kern. We are researchers, educators, teachers, administrators, school board members and local leaders. The purpose of the consortium is to support advocates in building individual and community advocacy to be responsive to the needs of Central Valley English learner students. This collective was developed by an advisory group and the Californians Together policy team and facilitated by the organization's Central Valley Policy Associate to uplift what we know about good policies, programs, and practices for ELs. The CV Consortium was modeled after The Consortium for English Learner Success.
To date, the CV Consortium has engaged nearly 100 civil rights, policy, research, educator and community-based organizations all working to strengthen the prosperity of California’s Central Valley by advocating for an educational system that fully supports the needs and embraces the assets of EL students.
The objectives of the consortium are to create alignment between policy, practice, and research in the Central Valley and statewide, centralize the research, policy and practice resources, influence and shape the public narrative to reflect the diversity and assets of English learners in K-12 and through higher education, and to diversify the representation of English learner advocates across the Central Valley.