Annual Hispanic, Latino Studies Summer Institute

Experts and Community Come Together for Annual Hispanic/Latino Studies Summer Institute
Posted on 06/04/2020
Hispanic, Latino Studies Summer Institute

For the eighth year in a row, the Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust, and Gender studies will host its annual Hispanic/Latino Studies Summer Institute on June 10 and 11.

This year’s event will be held online, with pre-recorded sessions presented by experts. Registered attendees will have access to informative sessions and materials, presented on a virtual platform.

“The goal of the annual summer institute is to help increase cultural competence among District personnel and assist in the development of culturally responsive instruction and curriculum,” said Patricia Trejo, the Administrative Program Planner in the Teaching and Learning department. “The infusion of Hispanic/Latino history is a vital part of creating a culturally relevant curriculum, which is imperative to the academic success of all students.”

A number of leading experts in the field of education will convene during the Institute to facilitate the important work of developing an equitable learning experience for Hispanic/Latino students in the School District, which will help to increase their academic achievement.

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Gustavo Balderas - Superintendent of Eugene School District 4J in Eugene, Oregon, and the 2020 National Superintendent of the Year, the first Latino to win the award.

Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch - highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the U.S. Army, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Founder and President of Educational Achievement Services, Inc.

Dr. Roberto Padilla - Superintendent of the Newburgh Enlarged City School District in Newburgh, New York. He was the first president of the New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Barbara M. Flores - past president of the National Association for Bilingual Education and current school board member for the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

Jose Gonzalez - a teacher at XICANX Institute for Teaching and Organizing in Tucson, Arizona. He taught Mexican American Studies even when it was banned in 2011 by the Tucson Unified School District in Arizona. The ban was successfully overturned in 2017, following a lawsuit.

School District employees can register for the Institute through eLearning. Members of the public can register via Eventbrite, no later than 11:30 p.m. on June 9.

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