Roaring Fork Schools cultural diversity director named bilingual Leader of the Year by state organization

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Amy Fairbanks, director of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) for the Roaring Fork School District, was recognized recently with a top statewide honor.

Fairbanks was recently named Educational Leader of the Year by the Colorado Association for Bilingual Education for 2020.

The award recognizes someone who “has distinguished themselves as an outstanding leader and advocate for emerging bilingual students and families and as an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism, and biliteracy,” according to a press release. 

“We are extremely fortunate to have Amy as part of our instructional team. Under Amy’s extraordinary leadership, (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education) programming and emerging bilingual students in Roaring Fork Schools have benefited greatly,” Rick Holt, Chief Academic Officer for the district, said.

“Amy has not only improved academic programming and outcomes, she has successfully navigated the difficult adaptive challenges of influencing the ways people act to provide equitable access for

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Roaring Fork Schools department director named ‘education leader of the year’ | News

The Colorado Association for Bilingual Education, or CABE, named the Roaring Fork School District’s Amy Fairbanks education leader of the year.

Fairbanks, the district’s director of culturally and linguistically diverse education department, was recognized as “someone who has distinguished themselves as an outstanding leader and advocate for emerging bilingual students and families as an advocate for bilingualism, biculturalism and biliteracy,” an RFSD press release said Wednesday.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Amy as part of our instructional team,” Chief Academic Officer Rick Holt said in a statement. “Under Amy’s extraordinary leadership, CLDE programming and emerging bilingual students in Roaring Fork Schools have benefited greatly. Amy has not only improved academic programming and outcomes, she has successfully navigated the difficult adaptive challenges of influencing the ways people act to provide equitable access for all students.”

CLDE’s role in the district centers around ensuring equity, according to the district website, “to

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