Bilingualism Conference Set at TAMIU April 30 and May 1
A two-day bilingual conference is set for Friday, April 30 and Saturday,
May 1 at Texas A&M International University. The theme for the 2004
conference is Bilingualism: Celebrating Diversity. This is the second
annual offering of the Conference at TAMIU.
The cost is $50 per person or $25 for students and events begin at 1:30
p.m., Friday, April 30 in the Western Hemispheric Trade Center and the
Dr. Humberto Gonzalez, dean of the College of Education, said two keynote
speakers have been scheduled along with 48 breakout sessions, and an educational
materials vendors exhibit. He said a major focus of the Conference is
meeting the educational needs of a rapidly growing community with diverse
student populations, especially second language learners.
"The featured keynote speaker is the Honorable Senator Carlos Truan.
He was the first Hispanic Dean of the Texas Senate in 1995 and before
being elected to the Senate, served four terms in the House of Representatives.
His zeal and untiring effort to improve the lives of all is often commented
on," said Gonzalez, "As a State Representative, he exposed institutional
childcare abuses in Texas and sponsored the Texas Child Care Licensing
Act of 1975. He also authored the Texas Public Housing Authority Act and
the Texas Bilingual Act in 1969, the Texas Adult Education Act in 1973
and the Interstate Placement of Children Act in 1975."
Gonzalez said a symposium of school administrators and key personnel
will address current topics in bilingual education. Breakout sessions
include language learning strategies, assessment and accountability requirements
of the No Child Left Behind legislation, parental involvement, hands-on
activities in the areas of literacy, science, math, and ESL models that
have proven to be successful.
Another keynote speaker will be Dr. Gustavo Gonzalez, scheduled Saturday,
May 1, who will discuss "The No Child Left Behind Legislation and
Bilingual Education: Promises and Challenges."
"Dr. G. Gonzalez is chair of the Department of Bilingual Education
at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, for the doctoral program,"
Gonzalez said, "His honors include the Distinguished Researcher of
the Year at Texas A&I University and Honoree of the Year at the Texas
Association for Bilingual Education. His writing activities include more
than 50 articles, book chapters, technical reports and book reviews."
Gonzalez explained sessions are available in English and Spanish and
begin on Friday, April 30 at 1:30 p.m.
He said all participants will receive a certificate of professional
training for the sessions attended. Exhibits will be opened from 10 a.m.
- 5:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. -1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 1.
Onsite registration will be available Friday, April 30 from 8 a.m. -
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