2018 World Education Research Association (WERA) Congress. August 3 – 5, 2018, Cape Town, South Africa. The Congress fostered discussions and connected education research scholars and students from around the World. Dr. Castro was chair and represented UNT in two symposia: “Global Views on Pre-Service Teachers Education” and “Comparative Examination of Early Childhood Education in Three Regions of the World: A Focus on Equity and Diversity”. She presented findings from the study on Intercultural Education with Shipibo Communities in Perú.

Dr. Castro and Sara Alharbi

Dr. Castro and Sara Alharbi, doctoral student in the Curriculum and Instruction PhD, Early Childhood Studies concentration, she presented the paper: “Developmentally Appropriate Practices and the Early Education System in Saudi Arabia” as part of the symposium organized and chaired by Dr. Castro. (August-2018)

2nd International Congress of Early Childhood.  May 17 – 19, 2018, Lima, Peru. This Congress was sponsored by the World Organization for Early Childhood Education. Dr. Castro was a keynote speaker and presented on “Interculturalidad, Bilinguismo y Currículo en Educación Inicial”. [Interculturality, Bilingualism and Curriculum in Early Childhood Education]

children and computers

children drawing

Another important activity during Dr. Castro’s visiting scholar stay in Lima, Peru in Summer 2018, was working with the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs of the Pontifícia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUCP) to plan for the UNT and PUCP students field experiences proposed for the Spring 2019 (PUCP) and Summer 2019 (UNT). Dr. Castro traveled to Cusco to make contact and do planning with local schools and community organizations. She also visited the Academic Center “Valentin Paniagua” that the PUCP has in Pisac, a town in the outskirts of Cusco, where students and faculty can stay and conduct workshop sessions.

Dr. Castro and Rubén Centeno

Dr. Castro visiting with Rubén Centeno, Principal of a bilingual Quechua-Spanish school in the outskirts of Cusco. (May-2018).

2nd Bilingual Research Conference at UT Houston School of Public Health. May 10 – 11, 2018, Houston, Texas. This conference was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and brought together national and international academic scholars to share and discuss the importance of bilingualism and academic achievement. Dr. Castro presented on: “Bilingual Development and Language of Instruction Approaches in Early Education”.