The seminal book, “The Multilingual Apple” (Fishman & García, 1997, 2001) highlights the many languages and rich cultures that make up New York. While these languages are present in the daily interactions on the streets, storefronts, newspapers, and radio stations, schools have not caught up when it comes to offering programs where students can build on their home languages while learning English. As a former teacher, a professor of bilingual education, and the 2014–15 president of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education, Tatyana Kleyn works to inform parents, teachers, administrators and the publics of the benefits of being bilingual and biliterate in our globalizing world. This presentation will allow participants to better understand the advantages of bilingual education and the societal costs of monolingual education. Research with students in both types of programs will be presented. Participants will consider how their own language practices have impacted their lives and opportunities. Finally, the session will allow participants to think through steps they can take to advocate for more bilingual education programs within our schools.