The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1976 to promote bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. CABE has 5,000 members with over 60 chapters/affiliates, all working to promote equity and student achievement for students with diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds. CABE recognizes and honors the fact that we live in a rich multicultural, global society and that respect for diversity makes us a stronger state and nation.
CABE’s vision: “Biliteracy and Educational Equity for All” This vision is based on the premise that students in the 21st century, in order to succeed and be powerful forces in our communities, have to be:
- Academically prepared
- Multiculturally competent
- Technology and information literate
- Civically oriented
- Active advocates for their communities
CABE is an advocacy organization whose mission is to promote equity and educational achievement for students with diverse cultural, racial, and linguistic backgrounds and for whom language poses an additional barrier to schooling and full participation in our educational system and society. CABE’s key initiatives include: 1) A focus on student achievement; 2) being the premier source of professional development for educators and parents who work with students learning English (over 10,000 individuals attended annual and regional conferences in 2005-2006); 3) working with legislators and policymakers to ensure educational equity and resources for English Learners (as key member in coalition have been successful in passing legislation and increasing school resources for English Language Development; 4) involvement with educational, business and community partnerships; 5) being financially sound to carry out all key objectives of the organization; 6) full involvement of our 5,000 + members in school and advocacy initiatives.