Thank you to everyone who joined us for NMABE 2022!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for NMABE 2022!
The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education annually recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of bilingual education. While we know there are many individuals who merit these awards, oftentimes we have very few nominations. Read more below or click the Nominate Now button to let us know who you would like to recognize at this year's NMABE conference.
The Joseph M. Montoya Award - This award is named in honor of the late Senator Joseph M. Montoya, and is awarded to recognize a New Mexican who has made a significant contribution at the national level to bilingual education.
The Matías L. Chacón Award - This award is named in honor of the late Matias L. Chacón.It is awarded to recognize a New Mexican who has made a significant contribution to Bilingual Education at the state level. Senator Matías Chacón (from the Española area) introduced the Bilingual Multicultural Education Act of 1973.
The Teófila Trujillo Award - This award is named in honor of the late Teófila Trujillo who made a significant contribution to parental involvement in bilingual education programs.
The Indigenous Educator/Advocate Award - This award is designated to honor a member of a Native American tribal community who has made a significant contribution to Indigenous education including the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous culture and language.
The Henry W. Pascual Teacher Excellence in Bilingual Education Award - This prestigious award recognizes teachers whose dedication and practice resembles the spirit and vision for quality teaching that the late Henry W. Pascual, the first Director of Bilingual Education at the State Department of Education, impressed upon many professionals in the state.
The Bilingual Paraprofessional of the Year Award - This award recognizes a community member who is dedicated to helping students in the classroom, facilitating the critical language and cultural link to learning and identity, and optimizes a more individualized, focused approach in the classroom.
University Bilingual Education Professor of the Year Award - This award recognizes an outstanding bilingual education professor who teaches at a university that offers a complete bilingual education teacher preparation program.
Bilingual Education Administrator of the Year Award - This award recognizes an administrator who helps ensure bilingual education programs can operate effectively in a given school/school district setting. It is inclusive of all administrators from school level principals to district level administrators.
In 1973, the Legislature had an inspired idea, said Elisabeth Valenzuela, executive director of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education: For the first time, the state’s lawmakers allocated funding for multilingual, culturally responsive education programs in a law called the Bilingual Multicultural Education Act.
The historic legislation — the first of its kind in the United States — acknowledged the many cultural histories and traditions present in the state, Valenzuela said, while providing teachers with the resources necessary to teach in multiple languages.
In 1973, the original Bilingual Multicultural Education Act was the first of its kind, honoring the unique multilingual and multicultural identity of our state, and it served as model legislation for other states to adopt. Now, five decades later, the BMEA has laid the foundation for what should guarantee equitable education opportunities for all New Mexicans.
A committee of educators, leaders and scholars dedicated to serving our bilingual communities have come together over the past few months to draft a Joint Memorial for this 2023 Legislative Session. We have enlisted the support of two champions; Senator Robert Gonzales and Representative Derrick Lente, to bring the Joint Memorial forward on our behalf..
We urge you to support the BMEA Joint Memorial SJM 6/HJM 3, which would ensure the continuation and expansion of multicultural educational support and resources for our children. We believe all children are sacred and to this end, we are asking Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham to declare 2023
“The Year of Multicultural Education in New Mexico”.
For Education Proponents and District Leaders:
Please share this email widely and consider signing on to a Letter of Support that will reflect the broad network of Superintendents who value the intent of the BMEA Joint Memorial. To add your organization to the letter, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here to read the Letter of Support
For Teachers and Students:
Nothing catches a busy Representative or Senator’s attention like a letter from a young person or educator in their district. We urge teachers to consider including a lesson in the coming weeks that invites students to read the BMEA Fact Sheet and write a letter to their lawmakers. We are including a coloring sheet that teachers can download and print for younger students. We look forward to stories about successes and challenges that face our students and teachers in bilingual education.
Click here to download the BMEA Memorial Fact Sheet
Click here to find your legislators
Click here to download the coloring sheet
For The Parents in Your District/School Community:
Please share this information with parents and grandparents in a manner that is appropriate for your area (posting on your school’s website, as an example).
In 1999 I began teaching at La Mesa Elementary school as a first-grade bilingual teacher. During my 23 years in public education, I’ve had the opportunity to serve in various roles --classroom teacher, instructional coach, principal, assistant professor, and Education Administrator at the Public Education Department (Bilingual Multicultural Education Bureau). During my time with NM PED, I was tasked with creating the Spanish Language Development (SLD) and Spanish Language Arts (SLA) Taskforce, which was charged with reviewing and adopting SLD/SLA standards to strengthen bilingual multicultural education programs in NM. As Assistant Professor of Bilingual Education and chair of Teacher Education at New Mexico Highlands University, my focus has been to re-establish a robust bilingual education program that aims to graduate highly skilled, knowledgeable, and caring bilingual education teachers.
In my role as Executive Director of the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education, I seek to work collaboratively with NMABE’s board members in advancing the organization’s mission “to support Bilingual Educators in their work and their professional development growth throughout the state.” I will work arduously in advancing NMABE’s advocacy, leadership, professional development, and research efforts. Lastly, I look forward to collaborating with all stakeholders in expanding and advancing bilingual education for all students in New Mexico.
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