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Bilingual education program receives statewide honor

September 20, 2019

CU Denver’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Program (CLDE) has been named a 2019 recipient of the Colorado Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Board Award for its efforts in promoting bilingualism and inclusivity in the classroom.

The award recognizes an individual, group of individuals, or organization for contributions made to the field of Bilingual Education in Colorado. The CLDE, which exists within the School of Education and Human Development, leads by example, incorporating the CLDE endorsement into students’ BA coursework for elementary teacher education majors.

“Because of your advocacy, leadership, and hard work, students can now graduate with their BA, their teacher licensure and a CLDE endorsement ALL before they begin their first year of teaching,” Julie Benmellah, president of the CABE, said in a letter to the CLDE team. “The impact you are making on our future teachers and our Emerging Bilingual students is remarkable!”

CLDE’s degree programs equip passionate educators with the tools needed to support “diverse languages, cultures and abilities in the classroom.” Degrees offered are a teaching certificate, undergraduate and graduate endorsements, and a master’s degree.

“The impact you are making on our future teachers and our Emerging Bilingual students is remarkable!”

Julie Benmellah, president of the CABE

CABE will present the CDLE team with the award at the 2019 CABE Awards Gala on Oct. 11 at the Castle Event Center in Thornton.