Summit for Bilingual Parents

This year’s conference scheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2020 at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort and Conference Center has been cancelled. Please enjoy this video of the 2019 conference:

The Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents provides a rich mix of information about issues of critical importance to parents from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Top speakers are joined by experts and panels on such topics as pathways to academic success, enhanced parental participation in schools, immigration issues, U.S. citizenship, bilingual education programs, community college services, effective parenting techniques, health care alternatives, and much more.

The Illinois Resource Center (IRC) has long partnered with the Latino Policy Forum to advance an educational system in Illinois responsive to linguistic and cultural diversity.  IRC’s annual conference has served as a wonderful platform to discuss various issues influencing the education of English Learners in the state: bilingual funding, English Learner Accountability within the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and implications of innovative findings on English Learner achievement from the University of Chicago.  The annual bilingual parent summit, facilitated by the IRC, has become a stage to reflect on issues related to the immigration climate, elevated state standards, and early childhood.  Along with its partners, IRC strives to find innovative solutions for Illinois ELs.

Sylvia Puente, Executive Director, Latino Policy Forum