We believe that bilingual education is a civil right.
We believe that English Language Learners in public schools are currently under attack via the intensity of high stakes standardized testing that goes against research indications of productive educational practices.
We believe that English Language Learners possess a high level of quality contributions to bring forth to the United States society.
We believe that while there are many theories and approaches that exist on best practices with English Language Learners, we do not condone them all and (in brief) always favor ones that:
1. encourage a perspective of students as possessors of knowledge through a culturally sustaining pedagogical approach
2. celebrate, affirm, and sustain bilingualism & students’ native tongue.
3. proceed in an overall humanizing manner, treating students and their families with respect and dignity.
These beliefs guide us in our work with educators and students themselves. Join us in practicing culturally sustaining work.