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Multilingual Learner Advocacy Month: Building Systems-Level Support for Multilingual Learners
When multilingual learners experience shared accountability for high expectations and implementation of the right supports throughout their educational journey, the education system can close opportunity gaps and improve academic outcomes. Yet too often, the work of serving multilingual learners is siloed into a responsibility that falls only on bilingual and ESL certified staff and specialists or one office within the district.

Join TNTP’s policy and advocacy team as we engage in conversation with district and national leaders who will share their insight on how the education system can move towards collective, systems-level responsibility for this population of students. In this panel discussion, you’ll gain insight into what collective responsibility looks like in practice at the district level, how to build diverse stakeholder buy-in, and how to leverage existing policy to improve systemic support for multilingual learners.

Featured Speakers:
Dra. Olivia Hernández, Consulting Partner–Southwest Region, TNTP
Leslie Villegas, Senior Policy Analyst, New America
Grace Delgado, Executive Director of Multilingual Services, Aldine ISD
Linnea Hulshof, Ed.D., Coordinator of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, Mesa County Valley School District 51
Moderated by TNTP’s Rosario Quiroz Villarreal, Director of Policy and Advocacy


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Grace Delgado
Executive Director of Multilingual Services @Aldine ISD
Altagracia H. Delgado, also known as Grace, has been in the education field for 27 years. In those years she has worked as a bilingual teacher, literacy coach, and school and central office administrator. She is an advocate for students in special populations and works in collaboration with multiple organizations to ensure appropriate services for children are in place. Grace is currently the Executive Director of Multilingual Services for Aldine ISD, in the Houston area. @delgadong94
Leslie Villegas
Senior Policy Analyst- Education Policy @New America
Leslie Villegas is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America, where she focuses on the PreK–12 policy landscape for English learners. Her work focuses on incorporating an equity-and asset-based approach into federal and state education policy through accountability, assessment, funding, and other key policy areas. Inspired by her own experiences as a first-generation Mexican immigrant raised in California, Villegas believes equitable access to quality education is the key to creating a more fair, inclusive, and representative society. @LesVillegs
Linnea Hulshof, Ed.D.
Coordinator for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education @Mesa Valley School District 51
Linnea Hulshof works as the coordinator for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education in Mesa Valley School District 51. She holds a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard University. She commits to ongoing advocacy for multilingual learners through her current role and works in service of achieving equitable outcomes for all students. Her current change efforts aim to systemically improve programming for language learners, taking the district from compliance to excellence.
Dra. Olivia Hernández
Southwest Region Consultant Partner @TNTP
Dra. Olivia Hernández is a Southwest Region Consultant Partner at TNTP. Throughout her 37-year career in bilingual education in Texas, she has served as a bilingual teacher, assistant principal, principal of a dual language campus, bilingual director in Austin ISD, and as the Assistant Superintendent for Learning, Language, and Literacy in San Antonio ISD. Dra. Hernández holds an Ed. D. in educational leadership from the University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley. She is also the proud 2021-22 TABE President serving bilingual teachers, Multilingual students and their families. She strives every day to establish dual language education as the norm nationwide. @OliviaHdzC