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Lindsey Bird

Lindsey Bird
Teacher Leadership Coach: Emergent Bilingual Focus

Lindsey joins Teach Plus as California Teacher Leadership Coach: Emergent Bilingual Focus. In this role, Lindsey will lead and support K-12 teacher leaders from across California in collaborative and sustained teacher-led professional development around teacher leadership and equity, with a focus on the needs of emergent bilingual students. Lindsey will also be supporting the National Instructional Leadership team on teacher leadership curriculum development focused on English Language Learner support and policy connections.

Lindsey recently left a seventeen year teaching career, the past decade of which was spent as the developer, instructor, and coordinator of the Language Institute, a specialized program serving immigrant, refugee, and asylum seeking high school students in Modesto, California, which was nationally recognized as a model for supporting the needs of newcomer students. Lindsey is a social justice champion and ally to immigrant students and families at the local, state, and national level. An alumna of the Teach Plus California fellowship, Lindsey advocated the state legislature for tenure reform, as well as successfully inserting explicit protections for newcomer students in the education code. She received “Maestra del Ano'' award by the Association of Mexican American Educators and the “Amiga of the Year” award from El Concilio, and was honored as a Carlston Family Foundation “Outstanding Teacher of America”. 

Lindsey earned a BA in Social Science from California State University Chico and a M.Ed. in literacy and digital learning from the University of San Diego. Check out Lindsey’s Ted talk on the super power of empathy.