Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Education Service Center Executive Director Keynote Speaker at 35th Annual Bilingual Conference March 12-13

KINGSVILLE - February 16, 2009

Contact: Jason Marton
jason.marton@tamuk.edu or 361.593.4143

Performance by Grupo Folklorico Takinkai 7-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12

Hundreds of teachers and administrators are expected to attend the 35th Annual Spring Bilingual Conference Thursday and Friday, March 12-13, at the Memorial Student Union Building of Texas A&M University-Kingsville.

The purpose of the conference is to provide the most updated information on bilingual education through professional presentations, exhibits and workshops. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Possibility, Pedagogy, Power,” with a focus on implementing bilingual programs. Educators, students, parents and school administrators are all encouraged to attend.

On Thursday, March 12, a welcoming reception and registration will be held from 7-9:30 p.m. in the second floor ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building.

Friday, March 13, registration is scheduled from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Conference sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with exhibits on display from 8-9 a.m. and a materials fair running all day, showing the latest materials and teaching resources available on the market.

During the luncheon, keynote speaker Dr. Linda Villarreal, executive director of the Education Service Center, Region 2 in Corpus Christi, will give a talk centered on the conference theme. An educator for 28 years, Villarreal has worked as a teacher, principal and superintendent in South Texas schools. As a principal and superintendent, Villarreal worked with her staff to create an innovative educational environment for children that earned her staff and district state awards for outstanding student achievement.

Also speaking Friday is Evelyn Arroyo, a noted national speaker on English language learner issues and the author of several professional development resources. One of her projects is the research-based Instructional Strategies for English Language Learners, a set of strategies for elementary and secondary teachers. A Teacher of the Year in Texas winner and finalist for the Reader’s Digest American Heroes Award, Arroyo will have a Friday morning session for administrators and an open Friday afternoon session.

Entertainment will be provided during the Thursday welcoming reception by Grupo Folklorico Takinkai. This acclaimed group, formed in 1979, performs with the purpose of preserving and disseminating the customs and traditions of Latin American popular music. The group has toured internationally, and will share their knowledge and experience in a conference session Friday.

The pre-registration fee is $175, and the on-site registration fee is $200. The student pre-registration fee is $60, and on-site student registration fee is $65. To registration or for more information, call 361-593-2871.

The conference is sponsored by the department of bilingual education at the College of Education at A&M-Kingsville.

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