MnEEP, along with numerous student representatives and biliteracy organizations from Minnesota, gathered with educators and advocates at the Joint National Committee for Languages (JNLC) Conference in Washington, D.C. February 14th and 15th to show their support for Minnesota’s multilingual leaners.
Grant Boulanger, educator and President of the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures (MCTLC), invited MnEEP and organizations Xperitas; the Department of World Languages with Normandale College; Mounds Park Academy; and Concordia Language Village to discuss and promote key language and culture access policies. MnEEP Associate Director Jennifer Godinez shared our community’s collective love for equity and the importance language-access policies have in building race equity in Minnesota.
Senator Tina Smith, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Representative Ilhan Omar were strongly encouraged to support the Teaching Act (BEST Act), which would direct the U.S. Department of Education to award renewable two-year grants to states to establish or improve Seal of Biliteracy programs. These programs would recognize student proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in both English and a second language.
In 2018, 2,000 Minnesota students received Biliteracy Seals. New policies will help support more biliteracy programs and support even more students for success. By promoting multilingualism, educational institutions support the diversity and identity of all students. In Minnesota, it’s essential we support multilingual learners and what they bring to the classroom!
For more information on the BEST Act, please visit Seal of Biliteracy.
Learn more about Minnesota’s Biliteracy Seal programs here.