This year’s conference theme is a call to action for members of our educational community to strengthen our spirit of collaboration and unity to realize the full potential of bilingual education. During these uncertain sociopolitical times, when the education of our ELLs/multilingual learners will inevitably face serious challenges, it is imperative that we seize every opportunity to speak up with one voice and ensure that our educational system supports their diverse needs and talents. Bilingual education holds the promise of a world citizenry that is well prepared to meet the challenges of a global economy and to embrace diversity, multilingualism, and multiculturalism; therefore we, members of the multilingual educational communities, must strive to sustain this vision by working together.

Join us at the 40th Annual NYSABE Conference. Here are a few of our Speakers and Special Guests.

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Speaker Highlights

Thursday March 2

Small Things with Big Impact/ Cosas Pequeñas con Gran Impacto: Intentionality in Partnering with Diverse Families

Madeline Perez

Madeline Perez

Director of the Institute for Latino Community Practice

Madeline Pérez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut. She is also the Director of the Institute for Latino Community Practice, which is committed to supporting Latino/a college completion and research for social change. In 2015, she was awarded teaching excellence awards from the University of Saint Joseph and from Latino De Oro, a community group that recognizes leaders in Connecticut who have made significant contributions to Latino communities. A life-long New Yorker before moving to Connecticut, Madeline received her Ph.D. at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. She co-authored a volume, Theory and Educational Research: Toward Critical Social Explanation (Anyon et al. 2008, Routledge), in which she writes about the experiences of Latina mothers navigating high school choice. Over the past 25 years, Madeline has worked on many projects that demonstrate a commitment to creating culturally-affirming and multi-lingual spaces that recognize and honor the skills and expertise of community people. Some examples include working with parent activists at the Cypress Hills Community School (a dual language school in Brooklyn, NY) and at EnCompass Academy (a school serving immigrant families in Oakland, CA) and partnering with parent leaders in the Bronx to create a family-friendly, bilingual guide to navigating high school selection.


Friday March 3

Bilingual Education Policy in the Trump Era

Kate Menken

Kate Menken

Professor of Linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY)

Kate Menken is a Professor of Linguistics at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and a Research Fellow at the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is Co-Principal Investigator of the CUNY-New York State Initiative for Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) project ( She holds an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research interests include language education policy, bilingual education, and emergent bilinguals in secondary schools. Recent books are English Learners Left Behind: Standardized Testing as Language Policy (Multilingual Matters, 2008), Negotiating Language Policies in Schools: Educators as Policymakers (co-edited with Ofelia García, Routledge, 2010), and Common Core, Bilingual and English Language Learners: A Resource for Educators (co-edited with Guadalupe Valdés and Mariana Castro, Caslon, 2015). Further information can be found on her website:


Saturday March 4

Making Dreams into Realities: Partners as Supports for Immigrant Students and Families

Antonio Alarcon

Antonio Alarcon

Youth Organizer for Make the Road New York

Antonio Alarcon is a twenty-two year old student at Queens College in the CUNY system and also serves as Youth Organizer for Make the Road New York. He is an enthusiastic leader working towards the passage of the NY DREAM Act and as well as immigration reform at the federal level. Antonio has been published in the New York Times, El Diario and several other newspapers and outlets. For two years, Antonio was a representative of the National Coordinating Committee of The United We Dream Network. His biggest dream is to graduate with a film degree to create films about the struggle of people of color. He is featured in the film, Indivisible, that shows how the immigration system separates families across borders.



Antonio Alarcón
Student, Queens College Youth Organizer Make the Road New York

Milady C. Báez
Deputy Chancellor
Division of English Language Learners and Student Support New York City Department of Education

Lissette Colón-Collins
Assistant Commissioner
Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages New York State Education Department

Evelyn De Jesús
Vice President for Education United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

Carmen Fariña
New York City Department of Education

Angélica Infante-Green
Deputy Commissioner
Office of P-12 Instructional Support New York State Education Department

Judith Johnson
9th Judicial District, NYS Board of Regents

Dr. David Kirkland
Executive Director
Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools
New York University

Dr. Kate Menken
Professor of Linguistics
Queens College-CUNY
Research Fellow, CUNY Graduate Center

Michael Mulgrew
United Federation of Teachers (UFT)

Lisa Panaro
Director, World Language and ELL Programs K-12 White Plains School District

Dr. Madeline Pérez
Associate Professor Department of Social Work University of Saint Joseph, Connecticut

Dr. Luis O. Reyes
Member at Large
New York State Board of Regents

Dr. Betty A. Rosa
New York State Board of Regents


Gladys Correa Memorial Award
Dr. Claire Sylvan Internationals Network for Public Schools

Dr. Ximena Zate Teacher of the Year Award
Daisy Balaguer, Spanish-English Bilingual Teacher, Frederick Law Olmsted School #64, Buffalo Public Schools, NY Liya Wang, Chinese-English Bilingual Social Studies Teacher, John Bowne High School, NYC Department of Education

Bilingual Administrator of the Year Award
Miguel Medina, Principal
School 33 Bilingual Center, Buffalo Public Schools

For additional information regarding the conference, please contact NYSABE’s office at 212-998-5104, 917-363- 2397 or

See you at the conference!