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REL Southwest Event: Implementing Biliteracy Seals to Strengthen Bilingual Education and Support Cultural Awareness
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May 5, 2021

Time: 3:00–4:30 p.m. Central Time

Location: Virtual

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Description: In this webinar, Samuel Aguirre of WIDA Español will provide an overview of bilingual education, biliteracy seals and national trends. Brenda Arellano, PhD, will discuss REL Southwest’s work on biliteracy seals in New Mexico. Kadriye El-Atwani, PhD, of New Mexico Public Education Department will describe New Mexico’s State Seal of Bilingualism–Biliteracy (SSBB). In addition, a panel of bilingual education leaders from Albuquerque Public Schools and Clovis Municipal Schools will discuss empowering students to engage with their communities and heritage through the SSBB and its benefits, how they involved local stakeholders, and the benefits for students after graduation.

Partnership or Research Alliance: Southwest English Learners Research Partnership

Audience: This webinar is designed for a broad national audience of state education agency staff, district administrators, principals and researchers. District staff, instructional coaches, and teachers also may be interested in this topic.


  • Samuel Aguirre, director of WIDA Español and assistant director of Consortium Relations, WIDA
  • Brenda Arellano, PhD, senior researcher, REL Southwest
  • Kadriye El-Atwani, PhD, equity specialist, New Mexico Public Education Department
  • Jessica Villalobos, senior director, Department of Language and Cultural Equity, Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Sandra Lopez-Alvarado, director, Bilingual Programs, Albuquerque Public Schools
  • Laura Adkins, executive director, Language, Culture, and At-Risk Services, Clovis Municipal Schools
  • Santi Gutierrez, Bilingual Multicultural Education coordinator, Clovis Municipal Schools
Lacy Wood
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