September 2020 • Issue 35 • California Association for Bilingual Education

Need online resources for the new school year? We have them!
Quick Links to Key CABE Online Services and Resources
It's not too late for your district team to join CEI PLLN...
Extended Application Deadline: September 28, 2020

Peer Leading and Learning Network (PLLN)

  • Be a part of systemic change for community engagement.
  • Learn effective practices for community engagement from districts across the state.
  • Engage in an open dialogue on issues related to improving local pupil outcomes.
  • Partner with other communities and school districts on improving community engagement throughout the Network.

Apply by September 28th to join these 11 districts
that are leading and learning across California...
Cohort 1: Anaheim UHSD, Azusa, Cajon Valley Union, Ontario-Montclair, Oxnard
Cohort 2: Chino Valley, Moreno Valley, Pajaro Valley, Riverside, Upper Lake, Val Verde
The latest on HS Ethnic Studies, LCFF & school finance bills...

CABE Lobbyist, Martha Zaragoza Díaz updates us on the legislative pre-recess "frenzy" in Sacramento and current pending bills: AB 331 High School graduation requirements for Ethnic Studies, AB 1835 LCFF, and school finance bills AB 1865 and SB 820.

Read Martha's report:
Customize your professional learning for DLTA program...
Meet our new team members...
We welcome and are delighted to introduce...
Dr. Alma Castro
Director, Multilingual California Project (MCAP)
Hailing from Lynwood, California, Dr. Alma Castro, the daughter of immigrant parents, joins CABE as the Director of the Multilingual California Project (MCAP). This new California Education Workforce Investment Grant (EWIG) aims to provide greater statewide access to and understanding of the English Learner Roadmap. (CABE is the lead partner of the project, in collaboration with seven other organizations from across the state. Stay tuned for more information about MCAP.)

Dr. Castro has served as a K-12 educator in multiple capacities: ELD Teacher, EL Coordinator, Title III Instructional Coach, PD Facilitator, and Administrator at the high school level overseeing English Learner and Special Education Programs and Parent Engagement. She currently serves as an adjunct professor for the CSU Long Beach College of Education, supporting teacher preparation programs, and teaches for the Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Teacher Intern Program.

She not only earned a B.A. in Sociology, an M.Ed. in Teacher Education from UCLA, an M.A. in School Administration from CSU Dominguez Hills, and a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from CSU Long Beach, she is also a National Board Certified Teacher in English as a New Language. Her publications include a chapter in the book “The Seal of Biliteracy: Case Studies and Considerations for Policy Implementation” (March 2020) and she has presented research on biliteracy and multilingual education at local, national and international conferences.

Currently, she is a candidate running for office for the Lynwood USD School Board. You can learn more about Dr. Alma Castro in this community article:

Welcome to Team CABE, Alma!
Anya Bobadilla
Professional Learning Specialist
A resident of Long Beach, Anya Bobadilla was raised in El Monte by immigrant parents from Tijuana, Mexico. She joins CABE as a Professional Learning Specialist working with CABE’s Professional Development Services (PDS) Team. With over ten years of experience as a K-12 Dual Language educator, she holds a B.A. in American Studies from UC Santa Cruz, an M.A. in Education from UCLA, and a Clear Multiple Subject Credential with a Bilingual Authorization in Spanish. 

A life-long advocate for biliteracy and multicultural competency, Anya served as a North American Language and Culture Ambassador in Madrid, Spain. She is a passionate educator with a keen interest in bilingual education and DLI programs, and comes to CABE with extensive experience in creating, developing, assessing and implementing custom course curricula for developing Dual Language Programs. 

Anya has worked in 90/10 Dual Language Programs in the Glendale USD and the Bellflower USD, and as an Elementary Instructional Specialist for the CA STEM Institute for Innovation and Improvement (CSI3) Program at CSU Dominguez Hills.

Welcome to Team CABE, Anya!
EdSource article highlights CABE-trained parent leader...
This recent article in EdSource focuses on CABE Project 2Inspire Parent Leader Leticia Solano and her efforts to support distance learning in her community:

Find out what's going on in local CABE chapters...
Attention, Chapter Leaders!
Don't forget that it's time to submit the Chapter and Affiliate Financial Report for Fiscal Year 2019-2020. The hard deadline for completed forms is Thursday, October 1, 2020. Forms are provided in PDF fillable format. Please submit reports to CABE Membership Assistant, Evelyn Briseño:
Note: The links in flyer below are not active. Contact Ester García for the Zoom meeting link and to RSVP your attendance. Contact Nely Ceja to purchase tickets.
Joint publication discusses equity for DLLs & ELs in the current 2020-2021 school year...
A Vision for California’s Schools this Fall

Equity for Dual Language and English Learners
in an Unprecedented Moment
California’s 2019–20 academic year just ended. It was harder than usual to notice, as most campuses closed in March and moved their instruction online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This was not a normal school year for public education. Educators and administrators struggled to recreate distance learning opportunities for their classes without any clear standards or guidance, and it’s clear that the prolonged school closures have had significant impacts on children’s learning. Shamefully, predictably, national data suggest that the closures are exacerbating educational inequities: without access to schools, children of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds and children from low-income communities are likely to suffer from widening opportunity gaps.
Are you aware of all the benefits of being a CABE member?...
Other items of interest to the CABE community...
Families and COVID-19

Apoyo para las familias inmigrantes durante COVID-19 en

The California Parent and Youth Helpline provides support and resource referrals to parent and youth during the current COVID-19 pandemic, 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Call or text 1-855-4APARENT (855-427-2736) for services in English, Spanish and other languages. Visit:

22 videos informativos en español sobre COVID-19 de la Oficina de Servicios de Emergencia del Gobernador de California/22 informational videos in Spanish on COVID-19 from the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services:

Disaster Relief Assistance for Immigrants/Asistencia para Inmigrantes en Casos de Desastres de California: Disaster Relief for Immigrants, Asistencia para Inmigrantes en Casos de Desastres, Fact Sheet, Hoja de datos, Crisis del Corona Virus: Recursos para familias, Alas Y Voz, Californians Together

Professional Learning and Virtual Instruction

September 2020–May 2021 CABE Dual Language Teacher Academy offers live virtual professional learning modules in English & Spanish. Choose one, several, or all eight!

Interpreters and Translators Conference by Orange County Department of Education, August 26-October 31, 2020.

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is offering FREE resources:

CEEL English Learner Supports during COVID-19  Communication Series by the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) at LMU Los Angeles

CEEL also offers certificate programs for teachers and leaders working with English Learners and Dual Language Learners.

Save the Date! February 6, 2021: 28th Jornada Pedagógica Internacional para la Educación Multilingüe (virtual conference) presented by the Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL) at LMU and co-sponsored by LAUSD and CABE. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Margarita Calderón, Professor Emerita, Johns Hopkins University. Register. Flyer.

California State Library offers distance-learning tools at California K-12 Online Content Project.

The California Collaborative for Educational Excellence (CCEE) has launched resources for distance and hybrid learning:
Continuity of Learning Playbooks:
Other Announcements

Are you up-to-date on how SB 98 has affected the principal apportionments, instructional time, attendance accounting and reporting, etc.? Check out the CDE's Frequently Asked Questions on these and other fiscal changes resulting from SB 98.

The California Department of Education is seeking reviewers for the 2021 World Languages Instructional Materials Adoption (Kindergarten through Grade Eight). If you have questions about this matter, please contact Erik Jacks, Lead Consultant, at 916-323-0869 or Download recruitment flyer.

Looking for online bilingual music, lessons, and music resources for teachers, parents, and students? Check out!

October 22–24: California Spanish Assessment item review meeting:
Contact to request that your information be included in this list.
Feeding the heart, mind and soul...
The following article from The Guardian highlights ways to focus and reflect on bringing out the positive during these unusual times:

Remember: We are #CABESTRONG!
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Comic Corner—because humor makes life a little easier...
Social Distancing à la Dr. Seuss...
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Cajon Valley Union SD creates flash mob video:
"Don't Stand By Me!"
Contact CABE Corner Editor, Laurie Nesrala-Miles: