September 2019, Issue 23
Fresh from Sacramento...

CABE Lobbyist, Martha Zaragoza Díaz,
fills us in on the latest legislative news from Sacramento. Find out about laws and policies that affect you and your students!
Read Martha's Report:
CABE Impacts Thousands with
Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students Project
What’s the buzz about? 
Because it is a fundamental component of the CABE Mission and Vision and a vital need in today’s socio-political environment, CABE is helping parents, school staff and community leaders to deepen their knowledge and capacity to support immigrant and refugee students and their families. Additionally, due to the current challenging political climate, families served by CABE have been expressing fear, anxiety, and a hunger for immigrant information, guidance, and education. Therefore, through funding from a California Endowment grant “Protecting the Health and Rights of Immigrant Students,” that began in July 2017, CABE’s  Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students(SIRS) project is  fostering a safe and inclusive environment for students and families.
Who’s involved?
With support from and in collaboration with other community and educational partner organizations such as The California Endowment, Californians Together, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law, the California Department of Education’s  Protecting Immigrant Families  campaign, Build Healthy Community, the LCFF Equity Coalition, the Mexican Consulates and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, CABE’s Parent and Family Engagement Team   is providing training for parent leaders, who in turn, are training other parents in the communities of Rialto, Fontana, Kern County, and San Bernardino, areas targeted by the grant. 

Additionally, resources, both curated and created by the SIRS project and its partners, are being shared with participants at CABE’s annual and regional conferences.  Under the direction of Cynthia Vasquez Petitt, CABE Deputy Director and María Villa, CABE Director of Parent and Family Engagement, this work is spearheaded by CABE Parent Specialist, María Valencia, and Plaza Comunitaria Coordinator, Gricelda Perez, with the support of other parent specialists. 
What are the project goals?
Through its curriculum, resources, outreach and training, the  Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students  project prepares parent leaders to train others in the school and community to:
  • Raise immigrant family awareness of the current political climat
  • Increase support for immigrant youth, a rapidly growing majority
  • Provide families, schools and communities with access to current and critical immigration and refugee information and resources.
  • Grow parent leadership and expertise in supporting immigrant and refugee students.
  • Create welcoming schools that are safe places for all students.

Additionally the project is reaching out to the public and organizations through the CABE website, , social media ( Facebook Twitter Instagram , etc.) and various events and conferences hosted by CABE, the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the California Latino School Boards Association (CLSBA), the California Endowment and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL).  

What's included in the TOT?
CABE has developed, piloted, and revised a three-module parent and family training series that addresses immigrant issues, such as: 
  • immigration rights
  • health information access
  • legal services directory and resources
  • state and federal policies and legislation, including Public Charge, DACA, SB64, AB699 
  • bullying prevention strategies
  • social emotional and mental health resources
  • safe schools
  • support for undocumented students and youth

CABE’s two-day, twelve-hour SIRS Training of Trainers (TOT) is grounded in Community Learning Theory and takes a “teams” approach, involving both parent leaders and school staff in order to strengthen the school/home/ community relationships.

The training includes a new digital toolkit for presentations and workshops that will debut this Fall. In addition, CABE is in the process of creating a parent, family and community portal for the posting and sharing of project resources in both English and Spanish.  Instrumental to the development of these resources is the  Informed Immigrant website:

So, what is the impact of the project?
Over the past two years, SIRS has conducted three TOTs for 109 grant project parent leaders. The project team has also delivered presentations, awareness sessions, and workshops to conference participants, and other local parent leaders. It is estimated that SIRS has impacted a grand total of over 2,500 parents, educators, and community leaders! 

It is difficult to communicate to the reader the feeling of fear, worry, uncertainty, desperation, and many other unproductive emotions one sees in our immigrant and refugee communities. In contrast, the experiences and relationships encountered during the last two years filled us with hope, motivation, and drive as we witnessed the expressions of inspiration, satisfaction, appreciation, security, and many other positive and productive feelings that participants share after our training sessions and workshops. These relationships have transformed and emboldened them to advocate for themselves, their students and their communities. 
There is much more work to be done and support that is needed, however, for the support received from the grant and our partnerships, we are thankful and proud that we have created effective tools and trainings that provide parent and community leaders with the resources they need to continue to support and advocate for their community members.
If you are interested in providing trainings and/or would like to learn more,
contact CABE Director of Parent and Family Engagement, 
Maria Villa at

Download Support for Immigrant and Refugee Students bilingual flyer:
DLI Administrators—Don't miss this unique opportunity!
Looking for resources to start the new school year?
Check out the CABE Resource Center!

The CRC provides links to resources by CABE, its partners, and third-party sources that address best practices, programs, and strategies for DLI and EL instruction, the CA ELA/ELD Framework, the CA EL Roadmap, the Seal of Biliteracy, and more. It also includes a plethora of links to resources in the following categories: Global, Technology, Teaching and Learning, References, Professional Organizations, Parent, Family and Community, Multiculturalism, and Leadership and Reform! Also, check out the video links!

All this and more can be found at !
—News Flash!—
The CABE 2020 Registration Brochure will be ready soon!
Watch your inbox and check the conference website over the next few weeks, so you don't miss it!

Join us in San Francisco! April 8-11, 2020

Sharing the news, events, conferences, celebrations, and accomplishments
of local CABE Chapters statewide.
Attention CABE Chapter Leaders!

  • Don't forget to submit the Annual Chapter Report to CABE Headquarters by September 26, 2019 in order to receive your chapter rebate! Questions? Send them to

  • Start the new school year by highlighting your chapter's plans for 2019-2020! Send information, photos, etc. about past or future events to the editor:
CABE Team "Retreats" to San Francisco
to Get Ready for CABE 2020
With official CABE 2020 passports in hand, CABE staff arrived in San Francisco for the Annual Team Retreat, August 20-21, 2019.

Our Mission?
  • To reconnect and refresh before revving up for CABE 2020
  • To get to know our teammates better personally and professionally
  • To update our awareness and understanding of the new CABE Vision, Mission and Strategic Plan
  • To become familiar with the venues for CABE 2020
  • To engage in the pre-planning for CABE 2020
  • To practice the CABE Team's 6 C's: Collaboration, Compassion, Critical Thinking, Creativity, Communication, and Consideration
  • To have fun and enjoy each other's company
  • To revel in the rich food, culture, and history of San Francisco, and
  • To learn more about the wildly wonderful city hosting CABE 2020

How Did It Go?
After many engaging activities, presentations and conversations, delicious meals, and a guided bus tour of San Francisco that included the Mission District, The Castro, Balmy Alley, the Golden Gate Bridge, China Town, Union Square, and Fisherman's Wharf, we can say, "Mission Accomplished!"

On our way home, we realized that (Dare we say it? Can you guess?),
we left our ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 in San Francisco!

We look forward to seeing you at CABE 2020 in San Francisco this April, where together we will celebrate,
"A Perfect Vision for Multiculturalism and Multiliteracy."

Below are photo highlights of the 2019 CABE Team Retreat. Enjoy!
Who Are the Recipients of the Seal of Biliteracy?

Read the Californians Together Report!
“The California Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school, school district or county office of education in recognition of students who have studied and attained proficiency in two or more languages by high school graduation. The Seal of Biliteracy takes the form of a gold seal that appears on the transcript or diploma of the graduating senior and is a statement of accomplishment for future employers and for college admissions. In addition to the Seal of Biliteracy that marks attainment of high level mastery of two or more languages, schools and districts are also instituting Bilingual Pathway Awards, recognizing significant steps towards developing biliteracy along a student's trajectory from preschool into high school.”   —from the  California Seal of Biliteracy FAQ’s

This  historic  initiative started in 2008 when Californians Together , a statewide coalition of parents, teachers, education advocates (including CABE ) and civil rights groups committed to improving policy and practice for educating English learners, spearheaded the development of the concept of a Seal of Biliteracy and worked throughout the state to help school sites, districts and others adopt and implement the Seal. It has shown tremendous growth in California with 321 school districts currently granting the awards, and increasing numbers of state and national professional organizations and other entities endorsing the Seal. For an updated listing of districts awarding the Seal and a current list of endorsements, go to .
In 2011, when the California legislature created and passed this bill, California became the first state in the nation to establish a state level Seal of Biliteracy. Since then, the movement has exploded across the country with other 36 states and the DC Public Schools passing similar policies. (Copies of state legislation are available on the Californians Together website). For more information on the California State Seal of Biliteracy, go to:
Now, eight years later, Californians Together has issued a report answering, “Who are the Recipients of the Seal of Biliteracy?”

Download the infographic and full report below:
New Videos Highlight Power and Excitement Around Bilingual and Dual Language Programs!

Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL) , a project of the Sobrato Family Foundation which is a CABE partner and sponsor, has created two fabulous videos (one in English and one in Spanish) that share the power and excitement around bilingual programs.  You will definitely want to watch these!

Bilingual / Dual Language Education :  Video produced for decision makers and the public about the benefits and research behind bilingual and dual language education (9 minutes)
Bilingual / Dual Language Education :  Video produced for Spanish speaking families about the benefits and research behind bilingual and dual language education (11 minutes/Spanish and English with subtitles)

The following videos are available here:

  • Bilingualism: Through the Eyes of a Student
  • Bilingualism: Through the Eyes of Families
  • Bilingualism: An Educator’s Perspective
  • Call to Action
An Artist Built Seesaws into the US–Mexico Border and Invited Kids to Play on Them

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Keynote Speaker
Dina C. Castro, MPH, Ph.D.
Professor and Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Education, College of Education, University of Texas

Registration Now Open!

2020 Jornada Pedagógica Internacional para la Educación Multilingüe

A professional development conference that is entirely in Spanish. Don't miss the opportunity to listen, use, and dialogue in Spanish in academic contexts! This institute is designed for bilingual teachers working in bilingual or dual-language immersion programs, as well as for Spanish speakers and parents who want to promote the use of Spanish in their families and communities.
Back-to-School Planning Resources:

Comic Corner
From there to here and here to there,
funny things are everywhere. —Dr. Seuss
Here's little canine humor for these "dog days" of Summer...