The Emerging Multilinguals Network mobilizes and unites to promote equitable E-12 educational policy and practice for EMLs, a positive narrative of multilingualism and culture, and investments in effective EL and language programs. The Network leverages the recognized expertise of members to advance an advocacy campaign, policy arena, and network supporting multilingualism as an asset for language development, academic achievement, and equitable education. Members include educators, administrators, researchers, and impacted community members.
The following principles ground the Network
- Recognize that multi-lingualism and –culturalism and potential future earnings are lost when the US education system historically ignores and discounts English Learner students’ home language and culture and assume their educational needs are the same as a monolingual child. Also recognize the US reality of language use.
- Build on and meaningfully using multilingualism enhance English language development, academic achievement, and persistence in schooling while supporting EML students’ social-emotional and cognitive development.
- Authentic, equitable, and deep community engagement is necessary to ensure that systemic and school-specific EL and language department plans and programs are responsive, relevant, and transparent to families of EML students.
- Minnesota teachers and education leaders must have quality preparation, professional development, and curriculum support in multilingualism to meet the higher linguistic and academic goals and social-emotional development needs of EMLs.
In 2019, the Network will pursue three priorities: a multilingualism campaign, a language roadmap, and LEAPS Act legislative advocacy. The role of the Network is to:
- Promote the use of students’ linguistic skills as a positive asset contributing to their success
- Mobilize communities to protect and promote access to quality education for EMLs
- Observe and shepherd EML policy implementation: LEAPS Act & ESSA
- Build public will through sharing new and emerging knowledge: quality programs/models, data, funding
- Develop leadership within communities of color: family power amplification and “accompaniment”
- Advise state and national policy makers: bring representatives to locales, write op-eds, maybe lobby