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The Illinois TESOL-BE is a professional, nonprofit organization which supports research and instruction in the teaching of standard English to speakers of other language or dialect and in bilingual education.

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Interested in getting more involved with ITBE? We are looking for a new Technology Chair, Elementary Education SIG Chair, and Higher Education SIG Chair to serve on the board. Please email your expression via This Form. For questions about the position, please email

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TESOL International Association: Advocacy resources.
ACTFL: Be an advocate for language education.

Reading Materials
Staehr Fenner, D. (2014). Advocating for English learners: A guide for educators. Corwin. (A free copy of the Chapter 1 is available here.)
Uysal, H. (2021). Immigrant students are rural students too. Follow the Leader2(1), 42. (Free access through this link)
de Jong, E., & Gao, J. (2019). Taking a multilingual stance: A continuum of practices. MinneTESOL Journal35(1). (Free access through this link)
de Jong, E. J. (2019). Expanding EAL expertise: Taking a multilingual stance. TESOL in Context28(1), 5–20. (Free access through this link)
Office for Civil Rights (2022). Race and national origin discrimination: Overview of the Law. U.S. Department of Education. (Free access through this link)
Office for Civil Rights (2020). Developing programs for English language learners: Legal background. U.S. Department of Education. (Free access through this link)

Audio-Visual Materials
Leung, K. (2018, July). Embracing multilingualism and eradicating linguistic bias [Video]. TED Conferences. (Free access through this link)
Jack, A. A. (2019, June). On diversity: Access ain’t inclusion [Video]. TED Conferences. (Free access through this link)
Kaufmann, J. (Host), & Morgan-Short, K., & Potowski, K. (Guests). (2019, April 4). What will it take for our schools to embrace bilingual education? [Audio podcast episode]. In Extension 720. WGN Radio. (Free access through this link)