2019 Multiliteracy Symposium

Event Type
Start Date
05/06/2019 - 11:00 AM EDT
End Date
05/06/2019 - 7:00 PM EDT

The 2019 Multiliteracy Symposium was hosted by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the U.S. Department of Education. OELA explored this important topic with national leaders in research, practice, and policy who shared their perspectives on why developing language and literacy skills in English plus other languages is critical in today’s learning environment.  The agenda included sessions on quality schooling for English Language Learners (ELLs), the positive impact of multiliteracy, community/school partnerships for bilingual programs, educational systems and practices, and information about the seal of biliteracy. Featured speakers included leaders from federal agencies, Congress, educators, parents and students.



  • Welcome Remarks
    Speaker: José A. Viana
  • Quality Schooling for English Language Learners: From Past Experience to Principles for the Future
    Speaker: Ester de Jong
  • Speak Your Language: A Community/School Partnership Celebrating the Power of Bilingualism in Washington State
    Speakers: Nimco Bulale, Senayet Negusse
    Presentation | Handout
  • Dual Language Education: Access, Equity, and Excellence
    Speaker: Cristina Alfaro
  • The Seal of Biliteracy in IL: Recognizing our EL/Bilingual Assets and Their Impact on the Community
    Speaker: Linda L. Egnatz