WHO WE ARE
ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
The SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE campaign was founded to close the gap in education opportunity for immigrant students by highlighting the inherent value of bilingualism as a student asset. A coalition of ELL advocates in South King County, WA came together several years ago to advocate for significant shifts in how our schools systems value and support the assets ELL students bring to the classroom. Building public will and positive messages around bilingualism and supporting and retaining home language with parents, students, educators and policy makers emerged as a key strategy to support this goal and the Speak Your Language campaign was born. Through encouraging maintenance of home language, we also hope to promote classroom diversity and sustain pride in cultural identity.