Since 1975, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) has been a non-profit membership organization that works to ensure that language-minority students have equal opportunities to learn English and succeed academically.
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.
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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.