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For Immediate Release

For Press Inquiries: Coalition for a Multilingual RI

401.542.4497

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Press Release: March 19, 2021

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From: Coalition for a Multilingual RI

Please join the Coalition for a Multilingual Rhode Island for our Third Annual RI Multilingual Education Advocacy Day. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this will take place as a Virtual Press Conference and #MultilingualRI Advocacy Kick-Off Event on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 11:00am to noon. 

The event will take place on Zoom (register at bit.ly/multilingualri2021) and will be live-streamed on Capitol TV and the Coalition for Multilingual RI Facebook page (@multilingualri).

Multilingual Education Advocacy Day will bring legislators, students, parents, educators, community organizations and members of the public together to discuss challenges and advocate for resources to expand multilingual education opportunities to all Rhode Island students.  The Zoom press conference will begin with remarks from Senator Frank Ciccone, Senator Sandra Cano, Representative Grace Diaz, Representative David Morales, and Senator Ana Quezada.

The event will also feature remarks from Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Deputy Commissioner Dr. Kelvin Roldán; parents Fernanda and Andrew Poyant; multilingual students and educators; Aline Binyungu, Women’s Refugee Care; Jonathan De Jesus and Jaqueline Agustín, Progreso Latino; Sandra Victorino, Care New England; Paige Clausius-Parks, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT; and Dr. Erin L. Papa on behalf of the Coalition for a Multilingual RI; along with closing remarks from Howie Berman, Executive Director of ACTFL.

The Coalition for a Multilingual RI is a coalition of organizations and community members dedicated to creating a culturally sustaining educational environment where all Rhode Island students learn in multiple languages from Pre-K to college. 


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Comunicado de prensa: 19 de marzo de 2021

De: Coalición por un RI Multilingüe

Únase a la Coalición por un Rhode Island Multilingüe en nuestro tercer día anual de abogacía por la educación multilingüe de RI. Debido a las restricciones de COVID-19, esto se llevará a cabo como una conferencia de prensa virtual y un evento para el lanzamiento de #MultilingualRI Advocacy, el martes 23 de marzo de 2021 de 11:00 a.m. hasta el mediodía.

El evento se llevará a cabo en Zoom (regístrese en bit.ly/multilingualri2021) y se transmitirá en vivo en Capitol TV y en Facebook Live en la página de Facebook de la Coalición por un RI Multilingüe (@multilingualri).

El Día de Abogacía de la Educación Multilingüe reunirá a legisladores, estudiantes, padres, educadores, organizaciones comunitarias y miembros del público para discutir los obstáculos y abogar por los recursos necesarios para expandir las oportunidades de educación multilingüe para todos los estudiantes de Rhode Island. La conferencia de prensa de Zoom comenzará con las declaraciones del Senador Frank Ciccone, la Senadora Sandra Cano, la Representante Grace Díaz, el Representante David Morales y la Senadora Ana Quezada.

El evento también contará con comentarios del Comisionado Adjunto del Departamento de Educación Primaria y Secundaria Dr. Kelvin Roldán; los padres Fernanda y Andrew Poyant; estudiantes y educadores multilingües; Aline Binyungu, Cuidado de Mujeres Refugiadas; Jonathan De Jesus y Jaqueline Agustín, Progreso Latino; Sandra Victorino, Care New England; Paige Clausius-Parks, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT; y la Dra. Erin L. Papa en nombre de la Coalición por una RI Multilingüe; junto con las últimas palabras de la conferencia por Howie Berman, el Director Ejecutivo de ACTFL.

La Coalición por un RI multilingüe es una coalición de organizaciones y miembros de la comunidad dedicados a crear un entorno educativo que sustenta la cultura en el que todos los estudiantes de Rhode Island aprenden en varios idiomas desde el pre-kínder hasta la universidad.


Gilbert Stuart Dual Language Pathway

The Coalition for a Multilingual Rhode Island supports the expansion of dual language programs in the Providence Public School District

January 26, 2021

The Coalition for a Multilingual Rhode Island fully supports the Providence Public School District’s (PPSD) plans to implement a dual language program at Gilbert Stuart Middle School. The Gilbert Stuart Dual Language Pathway will provide 104 seats to Spanish-speaking sixth graders and gradually expand to 300 students in grade six through eight. This is an important next step in providing a pathway for students currently enrolled in bilingual and dual language programs to continue learning in two languages beyond elementary school. 

Our Coalition firmly believes dual language and bilingual programs are powerful education solutions that empower students to develop multilingual proficiencies and transformative intercultural understandings. Research demonstrates that students in dual language and bilingual programs perform better than peers in standard education programs. While this announcement of a dual language expansion to a historic Providence middle school is a powerful step in the right direction, we urge PPSD and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to continue to invest in equitable and community-driven dual language and bilingual education programs. We hope to see more programs in community languages like French, Khmer, and Swahili, in addition to Spanish, in Providence schools across the city from pre-kindergarten to Grade 12.

We would like to thank Superintendent Peters and Commissioner Infante-Green for providing this option to Providence families and students. We will continue to advocate for more high quality multilingual education programs in Providence and our state and hope to see more school models that reflect, develop and honor the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of our communities. 

Who We Are:

We are a coalition of organizations and community members dedicated to creating a culturally sustaining educational environment where all Rhode Island students learn in multiple languages from Pre-K to college. Learn more on: www.MultilingualRI.org 


Open Letter to Commissioner Infante-Green

*This letter was originally published on May 30th, 2019.

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Dear Commissioner Infante-Green:

As a strong supporter of multilingual learners, we are honored to welcome you to Rhode Island. We are a coalition of organizations dedicated to creating an educational environment where all students are building on their rich linguistic and cultural strengths. We look forward to working with you and we offer these brief reflections about our vision for a multilingual Rhode Island. 

First and foremost, we envision a Rhode Island public school system where all students have access to dual language programs and the opportunity to learn in multiple languages — spoken, signed, and classical — from pre-K to college. We envision a future where every English speaking child learns a second language from preschool on, and every English learner learns English while attaining full literacy in their native language. We hope to see a Rhode Island that is the first truly multilingual state. 

We are following your leadership and will continue to support educational leaders and lawmakers to strengthen their own commitment to culturally sustaining pedagogies and educational equity. We believe that this transformational moment in our state’s history demands innovative ideas. We imagine a pipeline for preparing a multilingual teacher workforce drawing from our local communities and the native countries of our students and a sustainable coordination of professional development and resource cultivation across districts. We believe this must involve a network of community-based organizations generated by youth, parents and more that promote diverse identities and new economic opportunities at the cross section between local and global markets. 

Rhode Island will be the pioneer for a fully multilingual education system that encourages students to enter leading career fields as global citizens and, to more importantly, tap into the fundamentals of human empathy and deepen our intercultural understanding. We offer these ideas as the beginning of a dialogue that seeks to collaborate and guide the Rhode Island Department of Education to serve and draw from the wealth of linguistic and educational knowledge inherent in our communities and abroad so every student can take on the global challenges of the 21st century and beyond. 

We can do this all — in the little state of Rhode Island. 



Estimada Comisionada Infante-Green:

Como defensores firmes de los estudiantes multilingües, nos sentimos honrados de darle la bienvenida a Rhode Island. Somos una coalición de organizaciones dedicadas a crear un entorno educativo en el que todos los estudiantes puedan desarrollar su  fortalezas lingüísticas y riqueza cultural. Esperamos trabajar con usted y ofrecerle estas breves reflexiones sobre nuestra visión de un Rhode Island multilingüe.

Antes que nada, imaginamos un sistema educativo público en Rhode Island donde todos los estudiantes tengan acceso a programas de lenguaje dual y la oportunidad de aprender en varios idiomas en forma hablada, de señas y clásica, desde preescolar hasta la universidad. Imaginamos un futuro en el cual todos los niños de habla inglesa aprendan un segundo idioma desde la etapa preescolar, y en el que cada estudiante aprendiendo inglés pueda al mismo tiempo obtener una alfabetización completa en su idioma nativo. Esperamos ver un Rhode Island que sea el primer estado verdaderamente multilingüe.

Continuaremos apoyando su liderazgo e incentivando a líderes educativos y a legisladores para que fortalezcan su propio compromiso con las pedagogías culturales sostenidas y la equidad educativa. Creemos que este momento de transformación en la historia de nuestro estado exige ideas innovadoras. Imaginamos un plan para preparar una fuerza de trabajo docente multilingüe que salga de nuestras comunidades locales y de los países nativos de nuestros estudiantes, y una coordinación sostenible de desarrollo profesional y cultivacion de recursos en los distritos del estado. Creemos que esto debe involucrar una red de organizaciones comunitarias generadas por jóvenes, padres y demás que promuevan diversas identidades y nuevas oportunidades económicas en la intersección entre los mercados locales y globales.

Rhode Island será el pionero de un sistema educativo totalmente multilingüe que aliente a los estudiantes a ingresar a los campos profesionales más importantes como ciudadanos globales y, lo que es más importante, aprovechar los fundamentos de la empatía humana y profundizar nuestra comprensión intercultural. Ofrecemos estas ideas como el inicio de un diálogo que busca colaborar y guiar al Departamento de Educación de Rhode Island para servir y aprovechar la riqueza del conocimiento lingüístico y educativo inherente en nuestras comunidades y en el extranjero para que cada estudiante pueda asumir los desafíos globales del siglo XXI y más allá.

Podemos hacer todo esto, en el pequeño estado de Rhode Island.

Sinceramente/Yours, 

Erin L. Papa, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, World Languages Education
Rhode Island College

Veronika Kot, Esq.
Education Law Attorney
Rhode Island Legal Services

Christopher Sanacore, M.A.  
Checkmate Consulting Group 

Christopher McLaughlin
Touring Professional

Amy Maslyn
Director
New Era Enrichment Academy

Adriana Neira
Student
University of Rhode Island

Becky Klassen
Spanish Teacher/Assistant Professor, Henry Barnard School
Rhode Island College

Brad Hevenor
Parent of DLI Student, Peace Dale Elementary School

Rachel Dahl
South Kingstown DLI Program

Beth Voilette 
Green Building Consultant
Sustainable Design Consulting

Christian Andrade 

Andrew Corsini
President
Supfina Machine Company, Inc.

Jeff Foye
Parent of DLI Student, Peace Dale Elementary School
Adrienne Jones Daly
Parent of DLI Student, Peace Dale Elementary School

Michaela McCaughey
Spanish Teacher & Dual Enrollment Coordinator 
TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts

Melissa Jenkins Ph.D.
Medical Director 
BrainworksRI

Sigrid Berka, Ph.D.
Executive Director, International Engineering Program (IEP)
University of Rhode Island

Nancy Maguire Heath
Director
RI School for the Deaf

Alexis Robbins 
Artistic Director/Choreographer 
kamrDANCE

Debra Rodgers
Clinician
The Providence Center

Michelangelo la Luna 
Professor
University of Rhode Island

Abdelnasser Hussein
Head of School 
Islamic School of Rhode Island

Catherine Hidalgo
Parks and Recreation Coordinator
City of Central Falls

Bryant A. Estrada
Mathematics Teacher
Blackstone Academy Charter School

Tracey Giron 
Director of Parks & Recreation & Community Services 
City of Central Falls 

Astrid Gabriel

Karey Bouvier
ESL teacher 
Providence Public School Department

Eliesel Morales 
Video Producer
Steer Digital Media

Laurilim Rosado Martinez
Presidente 
Mujeres Positivas

Elizabeth A Morais
Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Community College of RI

Britney Dias

Karen Papa
Classroom Volunteer, DLI Kindergarten
Peace Dale Elementary, South Kingstown

Dorca M. Paulino
Diversity Director
Rhode Island Supreme Court

Stephanie Olarte
Founder/ Executive Director
Caneiwalk

LeAnne Spino-Seijas
Assistant Professor of Spanish, Proficiency Coordinator
The University of Rhode Island

Eileen Daly
DLI kindergarten teacher
Peace Dale Elementary School 

John P. Boyle, CPA
Audit Semi-Senior 
CBIZ/MHM

Jesús de la Torre
DLI Spanish Kindergarten Teacher
Peace Dale Elementary School

Peter Jones
Family Therapist
Clinical and Support Options inc.

Yasmine Lima
Victoria Rodriguez
Community Organizer

Janet Smith
Classroom Volunteer
Peace Dale Elementary School DLI Program

Shirley X. Moore
Parent of DLI Student at Nathanael Greene Elementary
Founder of Be Moore Interpreting 

Yasmin Peña
DLI Spanish Immersion Teacher
South Kingstown School District

Jess Evora
Founder
RANJAnow.org

Sol Hernandez
DLI Grade 1 Spanish teacher 
South Kingstown High School 

Jessica Vega
Councilwoman 
Central Falls City Council

Nathan Carpenter
Chair 
Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America

María Rivera
President 
Central Falls City Council 

Daniella Magana 
Central Falls Resident 

Katie Nerstheimer
English Learner Teacher and DLI parent
South Kingstown School Department

Marcela Betancur
Executive Director
Latino Policy Institute

Rep. Karen Alzate
City of Pawtucket

Gabrielle Porcaro 
DLI Grade 2 Teacher 
Peace Dale Elementary School 

Melanie Petrichko
Kindergarten DLI Teacher- English
WKES, South Kingstown School District

Yamil Baez

Terri McKinney
First Grade DLI teacher
Peace Dale Elementary

Keith Catone
Executive Director
Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education (CYCLE)

Katherine Lang
South Kingstown, RI

Rachel Toncelli
Assistant Professor, TESOL Program
Rhode Island College

Andrea
Teacher, BVP

Valerie Maier-Speredelozzi, PhD
Associate Professor, Engineering and DLI Parent
University of Rhode Island

Dalila Torres
Third Grade Spanish Teacher 
Peace Dale Elementary

Rabia Hos
Assistant Professor, TESOL and Dual Language Education
University of Rhode Island

Nilson DaSilva
Spanish and Portuguese Teacher
Central Falls High School

Kristin Tisdale
Teacher of Spanish/DLI Parent West Kingston Elementary 
Portsmouth Schools

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