About NABE

Taking Bilingual Education to the Next Level

Since 1975, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) has been a non-profit membership organization that works to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.


NABE’s priorities include:  Improving instructional practices for linguistically and culturally diverse children; providing bilingual educators with more high-quality professional development opportunities; securing adequate funding for the programs serving limited-English-proficient students; and keeping the rights of language-minority Americans clearly in focus as states and communities move forward with educational reforms.

NABE Supports the Education of English Language Learners

As tireless advocates, NABE works to influence and create policies, programs, research, pedagogy and professional development; because we know that we are investing in our children's education, our nation’s leadership, and our world’s well-being. By using native and second languages in everyday life, we not only develop intercultural understanding, but we also show by example that we respect and can effectively cross cultural and linguistic borders.

NABE has affiliates in 20 states which collectively represent more and more members that include Bilingual and English Language Learner (ELL) teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, administrators, professors, advocates, researchers, and policy makers.

Bilingualism and Biliteracy for all is an admirable goal for every individual. We embrace this mantra and advocate learning more than two languages and cultures. We are a global society and we must be at the cutting edge in living and creating unity within diversity.

Our annual conference is the only one in the United States dedicated to exploring topics of interest to teachers, administrators, and parents of English language learners, including second language acquisition, bilingual education, assessment and accountability, teacher training, and special education, and grassroots activism.

NABE's Mission

To advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.

The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only national professional organization devoted to representing bilingual/multilingual students and bilingual education professionals.

NABE has a­ffiliates in 18 states, which collectively represent more than 5,000 members. These members include bilingual and English learner (EL) teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, administrators, professors, advocates, researchers, and policy makers.

NABE’s mission is to advocate for educational equity and excellence for bilingual/multilingual students in a global society.  NABE places high value on native language, and respects cultural and linguistic diversity.

As tireless advocates who work to influence and help create policies, programs, research, pedagogy and professional development, we know that we are investing in our children’s education, our nation’s future leaders, and our world’s well being.

Using multiple languages in everyday life, we not only develop intercultural understanding, we also demonstrate that we respect and can effectively communicate with people from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

NABE is highly committed to prepare 21st century multiliterate global citizens who will make contributions in economic, civic, technological and cultural advancement. We embrace this mantra and advocate learning more than two languages and cultures. NABE members are the ambassadors who choose to create unity within a diverse and interdependent world.

Affiliates

NABE currently has 19 State Affiliates and 3 International Affiliates. To find your nearest NABE Affiliate, or for information on becoming a  NABE Affiliate, please click here.

Special Interest Groups

NABE has more than 20 special interest groups, covering all levels of schooling. Some focus on roles within the profession, others are devoted to the education of special populations or interests. For more information on NABE SIGs, please click here.

Staff

Please click here for a listing of NABE Staff.

Bylaws

To learn more about how NABE works, please click here.

History

To learn more about the history of NABE, please click here.