About Us

We are a coalition of organizations that have a proven track record of advocacy—conducting research, collaborating with content developers, developing instructional resources and assessments, empowering families and building expertise among practitioners—to ensure that the educational rights of linguistically and culturally diverse students are protected. CELE brings together those who are working toward a shared vision on behalf of these students and their families. We invite organizations to join together and leverage our collective strengths and expertise to face the challenges ahead.


We, individually and collectively, inspire educators at all levels and their systems to advance equity and justice for linguistically and culturally diverse students to co-create a more just and anti-racist world. CELE brings together resources, tools, and research from organizations in diverse disciplines to inform practice in service of linguistically and culturally diverse students and families.

OUR Vision

All linguistically and culturally diverse students will thrive because they are embraced holistically for who they are and the communities they represent. They are provided with enriching learning opportunities grounded in evidence-based educational practices and resources, including technological resources, to meet their goals and aspirations for college, career, civic and global participation.


Understanding Language
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Latino Policy Forum
The Education Trust-West
Californians Together
Abriendo Puertas
Aída Walqui, Ph.D
Educational Linguist
Lily Wong Fillmore
Jerome Hutto Professor of Education Emerita, University of California at Berkeley
Maria Santos
Educational Consultant
Guadalupe Valdes
Guadalupe Valdes Bonnie Katz Tenenbaum Professor of Education Stanford University
Patricia Gandara
Research Professor and Co-Director of Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles
Judit Moshkovich
Professor, Mathematics Education University of California, Santa Cruz
Kenji Hakuta
Professor Emeritus, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Delia Pompa
Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute
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