Bilingual Education Association Honors CVESD Leader with State Award

Emma Sanchez, the District’s executive director for Language Acquisition and Development, was selected as Administrator of the Year by the California Association for Bilingual Education.

Sanchez was presented the award at the recent CABE Anaheim 2014 State Conference, which was attended by more than 4,000, teachers, administrators, board members, parents, student teachers, and community leaders.

Sanchez has been instrumental in CVESD’s literacy-based interventions for English learners, growth in Dual Immersion Language programs, increased parental engagement and parent leadership development, District-wide implementation of the new Common Core State Standards, and English Language Development Standards.

“CABE salutes Emma Sanchez for her passion and hard work on behalf of English learners,” said Jan Gustafson-Corea, CABE chief executive officer. “She has been an unwavering supporter of CABE and its ideals.”

Sanchez said the CABE award is shared with students, colleagues, teachers, and family members.

“Many of the learning sessions at CABE this year focus on English Learners and the Common Core,” Sanchez said. “These are challenging times, but they are exciting times as well. They present a grand opportunity. This is our opportunity to show that our English learners can meet expectations and that their primary language is not an obstacle to learn but an asset to learn and achieve.”

CVESD is frequently honored for student academic achievement, and innovative leadership, especially in regard to English learner achievement.

Located in southern San Diego County, the District’s 45 schools serve 29,200 students, primarily in grades K-6. Two-thirds are Hispanic, 36 percent are English Learners, and 51 percent qualify for free/reduced price meals.

Last May, CVESD received the San Diego County Office of Education’s “Bea Gonzales Leadership in Biliteracy” award at the 15th Annual Biliteracy Symposium. The award recognizes the District’s leadership and commitment to the development of Dual Immersion language programs. It is the first time the award has been presented to a school district. Nineteen District schools have implemented a Dual Immersion program; in many cases the DI programs are so popular with parents that they camp out overnight to get a spot in line for the enrollment/admission lottery.

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