Lori OrumSecretary

    Lori Orum is the principal of Edison Language Academy, a 90-10 dual immersion elementary school in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. During her 18-year tenure as principal, Edison has earned a National Blue Ribbon, two California Distinguished School awards, PTA School of Excellence recognition, and multiple Title I Academic Achievement awards. She holds a BA from UCLA and a MA in Education from the George Washington University. For over 40 years she has held a variety of leadership positions in education policy, administration and advocacy, and has been a National Board Certified dual immersion elementary classroom teacher. Prior to her leadership at Edison, she directed a Title VII-funded school improvement grant at Edison and was a staff member at the Center for Language Minority Education and Research (CLMER) at CSU Long Beach, working on professional development and program evaluation projects. For 14 years, Lori held leadership positions, including Education Director and Senior Education Policy Analyst, for the National Council of La Raza (now known as UnidosUS) in Los Angeles and Washington DC. In these roles, she created and managed a center to support community-based educational initiatives across the US, providing over 30 programs with professional development and evaluation support. She has collaborated with members of Congress and other education and civil rights organizations to draft legislation (including the 1984 reauthorization of the Bilingual Education Act, ESEA). Over the years she has served on conference committees and been a presenter at NABE, CABE, and Two-Way CABE conferences and served as an elected member for NABE. Throughout her career, she has remained steadfast in her belief that bilingual education and dual immersion are transformative practices and powerful tools for social change and empowerment, building community, and creating pathways for academic success.