At MnEEP, our Big Bold Goal 4 was developed to ensure “Minnesota schools effectively support the multilingualism of all students.” As such, we believe in celebrating and supporting Emerging Multilingual Learners (EMLs) and their heritage so that all students can be prepared to participate and contribute to a global economy.
Collectively, it is our responsibility to ensure that we are not only supporting, but also celebrating and honoring the linguistic diversity and richness of culture that our children bring into our schools each and every day. History matters. Equity matters. Justice matters. And, language matters.
One way that we have been working at MnEEP to achieve this Big Bold Goal is by creating an EML Network. The goals of the EML Network are clear.
They are to:
Research the most appropriate ways for our emerging multilingual learners, the fastest-growing student population group in the state of Minnesota, to learn and succeed in school and beyond;
Advocate for instructional changes in classroom practices needed to better celebrate and support our emerging multilingual learners; and-
Convene linguistically diverse communities so they can offer their knowledge and expertise to school leadership, and build the movement toward multilingualism for all in Minnesota.
I look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will consider becoming involved in the movement toward multilingualism for all in our communities, schools, and beyond.
Our emerging multilingual learners’ future, and the future of our state and global economy, depend upon us working together to ensure that our students, and all students, succeed in school and beyond.
Fun Fact: Did you know that through 2018, nearly 2,000 bilingual and multilingual seals and certificates were awarded to students throughout Minnesota? To learn more about bilingual and multilingual seals, see the Minnesota Department of Education’s website here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/stds/world/