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Principal Joins U.S. Latino Leaders

Veronica Madrigal, principal at Grant Elementary School, was recently announced by UnidosUS, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization, as one of 11 Latino educators and leaders selected to the inaugural cohort of the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL) in the state of California.

The mission of NILSL is to prepare leaders in education to become advocates for Latino students, dual language learners and English learners at the local, state and national levels.

“As we continue to navigate this unprecedented time, I am encouraged by the expertise and insight these leaders will bring to the program, and the collective impact they will have in shaping and strengthening education policies for Latino students and English learners,” said Peggy McLeod, Deputy Vice President of Education and Workforce Development Programs for UnidosUS.

Madrigal and members of the NILSL-CA cohort will work to advance the institute’s mission while also placing emphasis on English learner advocacy.

“It is an honor and privilege to represent the Long Beach Unified School District in the UnidosUS inaugural cohort of the National Institute for Latino School Leaders,” Madrigal said. “UnidosUs and LBUSD serve a common mission of strengthening opportunities for students and families to achieve true educational equity, including for English learners. I look forward to contributing my experience and applying my new learning to further advance the needs of our student population within our district.”

With California as the current home to the highest population of English learners, the cohort will examine how the EL Roadmap Policy passed by the California State Board of Education creates opportunities for advocacy and local leadership. By spring 2021, the cohort members will be prepared to meet with their state Legislature representatives to discuss policies that align to the EL Roadmap and advance equity for English learners.

Learn more at unidosus.org.

Veronica Madrigal