Texas A&M University-Kingsville

2nd Superintendents Symposium & Forum on Current Issues in Bilingual Education

Memorial Student Union Building, Texas A&M University-Kingsville - 03/08/13 - 03/08/13

Contact: Adriana Garza-Flores
adriana.garza@tamuk.edu or 361-593-4979


          Texas Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Raymund A. Paredes will address issues impacting Texas public education at the 2nd Superintendents Symposium at Texas A&M University-Kingsville March 8 in the Memorial Student Union Building.

          Organized by the A&M-Kingsville College of Education and Human Performance, the Superintendents Symposium seeks to bring together educators, administrators, and community leaders from across South Texas to discuss challenges facing the public education system and the implications of No Child Left Behind today.

          “It is a great honor for us to host Dr. Paredes on our campus for this important gathering of education and community leaders,” said Dr. Alberto Ruiz, dean of the College of Education and Human Performance. “Dr. Paredes is an unwavering advocate for public education. Together will Dr. Paredes, we will look toward the future and consider some of the most pressing challenges facing Texas education.”

          Education leaders are encouraged to attend this free event. Registration is required and may be completed at:  https://moneyconnect.tamuk.edu/C20209_ustores/web/category.jsp?CATID=3 .

          Commissioner Paredes will deliver the symposium’s keynote address at 9 a.m. A panel comprised of area education leaders and state representatives will respond to the commissioner’s remarks.

          Panelists include:

  • State Representatives J.M. Lozano and Sergio Muñoz
  • Dr. Daniel P. King, superintendent, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
  • Dr. Fernando Castillo, superintendent, Progreso ISD
  • Dr. Juan Mejia , vice president for academic affairs, South Texas College
  • Linda Guanajuato-Webb, principal, San Felipe-Del Rio CISD

          The panel is expected to discuss federal funding for schools, federal and state accountability systems and how area school districts can best prepare for future changes in both areas. After the panel discussion, panelists and the commissioner will entertain questions from the audience.

          The afternoon program, a Forum on Issues in Bilingual Education, includes workshops and presentations on bilingual education and the No Child Left Behind Act. Guest speaker, Dr. Rebecca Palacios, bilingual education expert and National Board Certified Teacher, will present opening remarks. Presentations will focus on English language learners and dual language education. Dr. Patricia Gomez, assistant professor of bilingual education, said A&M-Kingsville is uniquely poised to be at the forefront of bilingual education in the 21st century. The university was the first in the nation to develop a bilingual education doctoral degree.

          For more information about the A&M-Kingsville Superintendents Symposium, contact the College of Education and Human Performance at 361-593-2802.

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