UNT Students and Faculty Contribute to the Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education

UNT students, faculty, and over 3,300 people from across the country and from Latin America attended the 41st Annual Conference for the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) on February 15-17, 2012 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas.  The conference featured 300 concurrent sessions, 21 special interest groups, and over 150 sponsors. President of this association is Dr. Rossana Boyd, who is Director of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Program at UNT. At the conference she received an award for her dedication to the preparation of teachers.

Keynote addresses were delivered by Drs. Stephen Krashen, James Crawford, Jim Cummins, Virginia Collier, Wayne Thomas, and Michael Yudin. These addresses centered on the Common Core Standards, standardized testing, dual language programs, and performance of bilingual learners.

UNT College of Education faculty members contributed to the program through individual presentations. These included Drs. Nancy Nelson, Carol Revelle, Rossana Boyd, Kathleen Mohr, Karen Weiller, and Ms. Yuliya Summers.  Information about the College of Education program and departments was presented by Drs. John Brooks, Ron Wilhelm, and Miriam Ezzani, Marylyn Sines as well as Ms. Lorena Ponce Gwynne.

UNT Bilingual/ESL Student Organization (BESO) students also represented the College of Education. These included Frank Chacon, president; Sally Peterson, vice president; Wendy Camarena, secretary; Kathryn Trednick, parliamentarian; Natalie Amendola, historian; and member Melissa Mollick.

Additionally, several UNT students volunteered as session monitors: Sonia Wallace, Hollie Gardner, José Robles, Autumn Field, Yesenia Martinez, Reynaldo Quiroz, Maria Prada, Christine Killebrew, Cassandra Blake, Kathryn Dixon, and Teddi Martin.