News

For Immediate Release
July 21, 2014

Interested volunteers invited to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education


Seven seats open, three-year term

SPRINGFIELD — State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch is seeking seven individuals to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education. The Council helps review and guide policy decisions to support education for more than 200,000 English Language Learners in Illinois public school districts.

The council, established through state law more than 40 years ago, recently contributed to providing a set of recommendations about standards and bilingual teacher qualifications, teacher evaluations and the proposed Seal of Biliteracy which will recognize students who are fluent in at least two languages.

“We’re grateful for council members who donate their time and expertise to develop policy and practices that support students as they learn English,” said Superintendent Koch. “The volunteers on this council bring important perspectives to help schools ensure students learn English while still retaining their first language as we all move to a more diverse and multi-cultural society.”

Individuals appointed would join 10 others on the 17-member council and will be expected to attend four meetings per year, as well as actively participate in additional meetings and special projects. Bilingual program directors, superintendents, parents, university faculty and members of community-based organizations have served as members on the council.

The 10 current members of the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education are:

Name

Representing

Title

Term start

Term End

Carmen Ayala

Berwyn 98

Superintendent

9/1/12

6/30/15

Elizabeth
Cardenas-Lopez

Chicago 299

Director

9/1/12

6/30/15

Stephanee Jordan

Moline 40

ELL Coordinator

9/1/12

6/30/15

Matthew Klett

North Boone 200

Principal

9/1/12

6/30/15

Theresa Mah

Coalition for a Better Chinese-Am. Community

Policy Consultant

9/1/12

6/30/15

Joe Wiemelt

Urbana SD 116

Program Director

9/1/13

6/30/16

Anne McDonnell

Streator 44

Program Director

9/1/13

6/30/16

Bruce Law

Hinsdale SD 86

Superintendent

9/1/13

6/30/16

Ngoc Diep Nguyen

Northeastern Illinois University

Professor

9/1/13

6/30/16

Matthew Rodriguez

IL PTA

President

9/1/13

6/30/16

The members whose term expired June 30 this year are Jean Barbanente, assistant superintendent in DuPage District 88; Trevor Cottle, a program director in Beardstown District 15; Margarite Crivellone, professor at Governor’s State University; Diego F. Giraldo, North Shore District 112; Fredy Quevedo, a parent in Elgin Unit District 46; Ed Rafferty, Superintendent of Schaumburg District 54; and Josie Yanguas, Director of the Illinois Resource Center.

“Recommendations and advice offered to ISBE regarding different policies concerning our state's English learners (EL) are key points of discussion at BAC meetings,” said Yanguas, who has served as chair of the council. “This broad cross-section of education partners and advocates allows for a rich discussion regarding EL policies from multiple perspectives on complex topics such as accountability, assessment and teacher evaluation.”

Individuals interested in serving on the council are asked to please email a cover letter and resume to dell@isbe.net before the close of business July 28. State Superintendent Koch will notify successful candidates to serve on the IACBE in August, and their three-year term of office will begin Sept. 1.

“Many changes are ahead for our students with the implementation of Common Core and PARCC, but also with the new English language learning test, ’ACCESS 2.0,’ and with the implementation of a more comprehensive accountability system under the Illinois ESEA waiver,” said Reyna Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent of English Language Learning and Early Childhood Education at ISBE. “The Council will be an essential instrument to provide advice about the implementation of these programmatic changes for our students.”

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