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El Paso set to host State Conference on Bilingual Education; 1000+ to attend

More than 1,000 teachers, school administrators, and bilingual-education professionals from throughout Texas are scheduled to attend the 2015 Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) conference taking place in El Paso October 14 through 17th.

“The focus of this conference is to promote bilingual education programs and provide professional development to all participants. Our society and education system have finally begun to recognize the true value and profound impact of quality, enrichment-bilingual education programs for our children,” TABE Conference Chair Josie Villamil Tinajero PhD explained.

Dr. Tinajero is an education professor at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the former dean of UTEP’s College of Education.

Being bilingual, Tinajero explained, gives young people more opportunities.

“It is an asset and an intellectual accomplishment. Bilingual education should be seen as a national treasure. This conference gives our community a great opportunity to showcase the groundbreaking work that takes place every day in El Paso’s classrooms,” she added.

At least 100 of the TABE conference’s participants are members of the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) the majority of whom are undergraduates preparing to be bilingual educators.

 One of the conference’s highlights will be the presentation of the Dr. Joe J. Bernal Community Advocate Award on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015 to Texas Sen. José Rodríguez. Bernal — a former Texas legislator — is an educator, social worker, and a renowned Mexican-American civil rights activist, Tinajero said.

The conference’s full agenda and program are available at www.tabe.org

Author: Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe, Inc

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