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As the English language learner student population in K-12 schools continues to rise, educators must be equipped with the skills, knowledge and resources to effectively educate all students. Engage in a transformative discussion with a distinguished panel of federal and state educational leaders and policymakers exploring the challenges and opportunities in public schools across New York State and nationwide. Join the conversation on preparing educational leaders and school systems to address the growing enrollment of language-diverse student populations, immigrant students and non-English speaking youth. The forum will delve into pivotal topics, including the vital role of the U.S. Department of Education and New York State Education Department in supporting English language learners, national and state-level policies, and proven practices for English language learners in schools.

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Chris Soto, Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Department of Education

Montserrat Garibay, Assistant Deputy Secretary & Director for the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education

Elisa Alvarez, Associate Commissioner for the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages, New York State Education Department

Diane Wynne, Executive Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, New York State Education Department 

The panel discussion will be moderated by Manuel J. Rivera, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the Warner School of Education and former K-12 school superintendent. And opening remarks from Sarah Peyre, Dean of the Warner School, and Shaun Nelms, Vice President for Community Partnerships at the University of Rochester, and the William and Sheila Konar Director of the Center for Urban Education Success. 

The event is sponsored by the Warner School of Education's K-12 Educational Leadership Department and Center for Urban Education Success. The event is free and open to the public.


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