During the Summer 2015, Dr. Dina C. Castro, Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair on Early Childhood Education, participated in a number of events related to her work on cultural and linguistic diversity in early education:

II Foro Internacional por la Primera Infancia [II International Forum for the Early Years], Amazonas, Perú, June 11, 13-15.  This event was a professional development opportunity for teachers from the Awajún and Wampis indigenous communities in the Amazon region of Perú, organized by Peruvian congressman Ernesto Nayap.  Over 270 teachers gathered to learn from experts and specialists from the Ministries of Education, Health, Development and Social Inclusion, and UNICEF.  Dr. Castro also met with regional educational administrators and program officers leading early care and education intercultural and bilingual programs.

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6th Meeting of the Transatlantic Forum on Inclusive Early Years. Theme: Multilingualism, Identity and Diversity in the Early Years.  Washington, D.C., July 8-10.  Dr. Castro was a featured speaker at this forum in which policy makers and scholars from the United States and the European Union gathered to examine different pedagogical and organizational approaches that are being developed across varying contexts to meet the needs of multilingual children living in diverse communities.  They also discussed the need for innovative models and policies necessary to prevent inequality of opportunities for children beginning in their earliest years.  In her presentation titled “Diversity and Equity in Early Education: Shifting Paradigms in Research, Policy and Practice” Dr. Castro discussed the importance of moving from a needs or deficit-based to a strengths-based framework in both thinking about and responding to diversity in early childhood settings.

II Congreso Internacional de Educación Inicial: Desafíos de la Educación Inicial en un Mundo Globalizado [II International Congress on Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Education Challenges in a Global World], Lima, Peru. August 6-8, 2015.Dr. Castro was an invited speaker at this Congress.  In her presentation titled “Calidad y Equidad en la Educación Inicial: Consideraciones desde una Perspectiva Intercultural y Bilingüe [Quality and Equity in Early Education: Considerations from an Intercultural and Bilingual Perspective]” Dr. Castro discussed the elements of early education programs that address the characteristics and needs of children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. In particular, she discussed similarities found in the educational experiences of children from indigenous communities in Peru and immigrant communities in the United States.

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Dr. Castro presenting at International Congress on Early Childhood Education.

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From left to right: Dr. Carmen Coloma, Dean of the College of Education, PUCP; Elena Valdivieso, Congress Coordinator and Past Dean of the College of Education, PUCP; Dr. Regina Moromizato, Faculty member, PUCP; Dr. Bernardo Aguilar, Consultant, Mexico; Sandra Cárdenas, Director, Early Childhood Education, Ministry of Education, Perú; Dr. Dina Castro, Dr. Jessica Vargas, Coordinator, Early Childhood Teacher Preparation, PUCP, and Dr. Luzmila Mendivil, Director, Center for Research and Educational Services, PUCP.


Coloquio sobre Educación Intercultural Bilingüe [Colloquium on Intercultural Bilingual Education]. August, 10 & 11, 2015.  Lima, Perú.   Dr. Castro was invited to participate in this colloquium organized and sponsored by UNICEF, the PUCP, Peru’s Ministry of Education, Division of Intercultural and Bilingual Education, and Tarea, a non-profit education organization.  Participation in this event was by invitation only; teachers, teacher educators, educational administrators and policy makers from various regions of Peru got together to discuss advances and challenges in the implementation of intercultural bilingual education.  Representatives from Colombia, Bolivia and Guatemala also attended.

VI Symposium on Bilingualism and Bilingual Education in Latin America (BilingLatamVI), August, 12-15, 2015.  Lima, Perú.  Dr. Castro is member of the scientific committee for this symposium convoking scholars from throughout the Americas working on this topic.  The symposium is held every two years. Dr. Castro was chair and speaker on the panel “Educación Temprana para Niños de Minorías Lingüisticas: Experiencias en Mexico y Estados Unidos / Early Education for language minority children: Experiences in Mexico and the United States.”  Other speakers in the panel included Dr. Rossana Boyd, University of North Texas, Dr. Lya Sañudo Guerra, Secretaria de Educación del Estado de Jalisco, Mexico, and Dr. Iliana Reyes, Centro de Investigacion y Estudios Avanzados (CINVESTAV), Mexico/ The University of Arizona.

Meeting and school visit in the Andean region of Perú (August 17-18, 2015). Dr. Castro held a meeting at Universidad Nacional Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo (UNASAM), in Huaraz with the university’s Vice-Provost for Research, Dr. Jorge Ramirez Maldonado, Vice-Provost  for Academic Affairs, Dr. Esmelin Niquin Alayo, Dr. Felix Julca Guerrero, Director of the Institute for Research, Antonio Lirio Loli, Chief of the Technical Cooperation Unit and Henrry Garrido Angulo, Chief of the Research Unit to discuss the interest in establishing an academic collaboration with UNT.   An area of common interest is the intercultural and bilingual education for children in indigenous quechua-speaking communities, Dr. Castro and professors from the UNASAM visited an intercultural bilingual school in a remote rural community located at an altitude of over 10,000 feet.  She observed classroom activities and met with the principal and early childhood teachers.

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