Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents

2019 Annual Summit for Bilingual Parents
2019 Summit for Bilingual Parents

Four Galesburg District 205 parents and the EL Parent Liaison participated in the Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents held in Oak Brook on Saturday, May 11th.  Sponsored by the Illinois Board of Education Division of English Learners, the annual conference is held annually for members of Bilingual Parent Advisory Councils and parents of English Learners. Parents attended a number of conference sessions including an opening presentation by Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Carmen Ayala.  

The summit was attended by over 1,200 multilingual parents representing over 110 school districts from around the state and offered sessions on school and family engagement, immigration and community issues, parent advisory committee guidance and preparing students for college and careers.  In addition, District 205 parents took networking opportunities to engage with parents from other school districts by exchanging ideas, common challenges, and resources.

Galesburg CUSD# 205 parent representatives left to right: Frannymar Aguilera-Puerta, John Prats (EL Community Liaison), Isaac Kapemb, Albert Bashikile and Ismael Makwala

Summit Attendees

Frannymar Aguilera-Puerta looks over the event program. 
Attendee looks over the event program

Isaac Kapemb selects conference sessions with the help of an interpreter.
Attendee selects conference sessions with the assistance of an interpreter

Ismael Makwala and Albert Bashikile watch the performance of the Puerto Rican dance group
Attendees watch the performance of the Puerto Rican dance group

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