CUNY-New York State Initiative on Emergent Bilinguals (NYSIEB) is a collaborative project of the Research Institute for the Study of Language in Urban Society (RISLUS) and the Ph.D. Program in Urban Education funded by the New York State Education Department.
The primary focus of this project is to improve the educational outcomes for emergent bilinguals, more commonly referred to as English Language Learners. It is our stance that for schools to be successful at meeting the needs of emergent bilingual students they must develop ecologies of bilingualism that build on the home language practices of their students. In line with this goal, we refer to these students as emergent bilinguals to make their bilingualism central to how we understand the needs of this population of students.
The initiative’s three major components are:
It is our goal for these three components to coalesce in ways that strengthen programming for emergent bilingual students across the state in ways that affirm and build on their home language practices.