Chicago to Host 45th Annual Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education 

NABE Conference Will Be Held March 2-5 and Feature Remarks from CEdO Janice Jackson on Thursday, March 3

Friday, February 26, 2016

For more information, contact:
CPS Office of Communications
Phone: 773-553-1620


CHICAGO – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) today announced the City of Chicago will host the 45th annual NABE conference next week from March 2-5. NABE is one of the nation’s premier professional organizations devoted to representing bilingual learners and education professionals, and next week’s conference is expected to draw over 2,000 educators to the city.

“The National Association for Bilingual Education is one of the leading advocates for the advancement of bilingual education, and we are honored to serve as the host city for its annual conference,” said Chief Education Officer (CEdO) Jackson. “As a District, we have prioritized and championed multilingualism, and we will continue seeking ways to bolster our efforts throughout the District.”

The NABE conference will be held March 2-5 at the Hilton Chicago Hotel. The event will feature presentations related to bilingual education, dual language enrichment education, English as a second language, second language acquisition, assessment and accountability, teacher training, multilingualism, multiculturalism and leadership. The theme of this year’s conference is “Advancing Biliteracy through Global Leadership and Partnerships,” and invited guests are expected to include officials from the US Department of Education and leading urban school districts and universities. CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson will deliver remarks on Thursday, March 3, at 10 AM, and CPS will be recognized for its work implementing the State Seal of Biliteracy. In addition to conference activities, participants will have an opportunity to visit a variety of CPS schools to view the successful implementation of bilingual education programs.

Chicago is a fitting host for the NABE conference as more than 70,000 English Learners receive instruction at over 500 CPS schools every day, and more than 104,000 K-12 students are enrolled in a World Language course.

Last year, CPS proudly participated in the State Seal of Biliteracy initiative, which is a prestigious recognition given to high school seniors who have studied and can communicate in two or more languages by the end of their senior year. CPS had 92 recipients of the seal last school year, representing 12 high schools from throughout the city. Students tested their proficiency in Arabic, French, Mandarin, and Spanish, in addition to English. This year, the district has opened the application to seniors at all high schools, and nearly 1,500 high school seniors are scheduled to test their world language proficiency. The seal aligns with CPS’ vision to ensure every student in every neighborhood is engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.

For more information about the 45th Annual NABE Conference, please contact Nilda Aguirre, Conference Organizer, at or (225) 209-0224.

Chicago Public Schools serves 392,000 students in 660 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.

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