Donald Bender, Champion of Equity

From the March/April 2021 issue of Equity & Access Pre K-12

Donald Bender is in his 40th year of education for migrant and bilingual education. He serves as the Migrant Family Engagement and Student Leadership Coordinator for the regional Educational Service District #105 that serves Central Washington State. The ESD 105 Migrant Office is dedicated to supporting school districts by working together to meet the varied needs of migrant students, families, and their educators.

“The cultural and linguistic treasures that equity families bring to our schools and communities are like a natural resource that should be cultivated for the benefit of all.” — Donald Bender

Donald was the leader in the development of an innovative home visiting summer school program for school-age children for migrant education. Instead of bringing children to the school, home visitors bring culturally responsive learning activities to the home. This program has been replicated by many school districts in the region.

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