Finally, we must highlight the important message from Lydia Acosta Stephens, Executive Director of Multilingual and Multicultural Education Department (MMED) at one of our network districts, LA Unified. In her posted message (link in the heading), Stephens lists several guiding principles for the work she oversees, including asset-based education and sociocultural competence. MMED “meets the needs of our diverse learners by looking at the whole child; an instructional approach that recognizes and personalizes the needs of our learners. By understanding and appreciating their assets, language and culture, we support teachers and students in creating learning environments that actively integrate student interests and needs at the center. The whole child approach engages and motivates students, developing life-long skills and building upon them for future success.” After reading Stephens’ vision for her department that serves over 200,000 students, we encourage you to scroll to the bottom of the page and listen to her reading of her personal Where I’m From poem. Her reflections are a great reminder that our students also are not one-dimensional and the richness of their identities, cultures, and experiences are gifts we should recognize and celebrate everyday.