Hispanic/Latino Studies Virtual Summer Institute 2021

9th Annual Hispanic/Latino Studies Virtual Summer Institute - Virtual Conference - The School District of Palm Beach County - A Marathon Towards Educational Transformation: Affirming the History, Culture, and Language of Hispanic/Latino Students

  Theme: A Marathon Towards Educational Transformation:
Affirming the
History, Culture, and Language of Hispanic/Latino Students

The Office of African, African American, Latino, Holocaust, and Gender studies welcomes you to its 9th Annual Hispanic/Latino Studies Summer Institute. The topics and strategies discussed in this year’s institute will be conducive to the development of an equitable learning experience for our Hispanic/Latino students, which will help to increase their academic achievement. 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. The Infusion of Hispanic/Latino History is an imperative part of creating a culturally relevant curriculum, which is imperative to the academic success of all students.
Theme 1: Effective and Relevant Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Students and Theme 2: Positive and Supportive School Climate. Florida Statute 1003.42 (2)(P)
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  June 22, 2021

Welcome: Superintendent, Dr. Donald E. Fennoy II and School Board Member Alexandria Ayala, District 2

Patricia TrejoView Thoughtexchange
Organizer & Host
Patricia Trejo 

Patricia Trejo earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Minor in Mass Communications from The University of Florida. Her Master’s Degree is in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, and she has been in public education for 21 years. Currently, she serves as an Administrative Program Planner for Hispanic/Latino Studies. 
 Featured Presenters in this Video

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Julian CastroView Thoughtexchange
Julián Castro
Featured Presenter
Julián Castro served as U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama from 2014-2017. Before that, he was Mayor of his native San Antonio, Texas — the youngest mayor of a Top 50 American city at the time. In 2012, he gave a rousing keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention, during which he described the American Dream as a relay to be passed from generation to generation.
Sylvia MendezView Thoughtexchange
Sylvia Mendez
Featured Presenter
Sylvia Mendez was born in Orange County and attended Orange Coast Community College where she earned her Associate of Arts degree in nursing. She went on to California State University at Los Angeles where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a Certificate in Public Health. In 2012, Sylvia received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from Brooklyn College of The City University of New York.
Dolores HuertaView Thoughtexchange
Dolores Huerta
Featured Presenter
Dolores Huerta is Founder & President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation. She co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez. Dolores Huerta is a civil rights activist and community organizer. She has worked for labor rights and social justice for over 50 years. In 1962, she and Cesar Chavez founded the United Farm Workers union.
Juana BordasView Thoughtexchange
Juana Bordas
Featured Presenter
Best Selling Author and Latina Leader. Juana immigrated to the US from Nicaragua and is the first in her family to attend college. She is president of Mestiza Leadership International. Her best-selling book “Salsa, Soul and Spirit – Leadership for a Multicultural Age” won the 2008 International Latino Book Award for leadership and is utilized in over 150 Universities.
Roberto AlvarezView Thoughtexchange
Dr. Roberto Alvarez
Featured Presenter
Roberto Alvarez is a social-cultural anthropologist whose career and life have been guided by a commitment to social justice, and the empowerment of underserved communities. This stems from both his personal history growing up along the U.S.-Mexico Border and from his experience in a broad range of social-change contexts.
Norma V. CantúView Presentation32:22
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Norma V. Cantú
Featured Presenter
First Latina elected Chair of U.S Commission on Civil Rights, a civil rights litigator, law professor at University of Texas at Austin, former teacher, former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, former member of Biden/Harris Transition Team.
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Denise SolerView Thoughtexchange
Denise Soler Cox
Featured Presenter
An award-winning Latina filmmaker and cultural storyteller, Denise Soler Cox is dedicated to helping people transform how we experience culture, identity, and what it means to belong. She’s built a reputation for being a speaker who has the rare ability to shine a light on a sensitive and often ignored topic with extraordinary clarity, honesty, and humor.
Alma Flor AdaView Thoughtexchange
Alma Flor Ada
Featured Presenter
Alma Flor Ada is professor Emerita at University of San Francisco. Dr. Ada is an international award-winning author of over 200 books for young readers, and a leading mentor and philosopher of bilingual education in the United States. The University of Loyola Marymount University has created the Alma Flor Ada for Social Justice Award. She is the recipient of the Pura Belpré Award, Christopher Award, and Virginia Hamilton Award, among others.
Natasha CarrizosaView Thoughtexchange
Natasha Carrizosa
Featured Presenter
Natasha Carrizosa is a poet and writer. Her work is deeply rooted in her childhood and life experiences. Raised as the daughter of a fierce African-American mother and Mexican father, her writing reflects the dichotomy of these two rich cultures.
Robin Avelar La SalleView Thoughtexchange
Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle
Featured Presenter
Dr. Robin Avelar La Salle is founder and CEO of Orenda Education, a professional education and technical assistance organization.  For more than 20 years, Dr. Avelar La Salle and the Orenda team have been thought partners for districts and schools aspiring to transform their systems and practices to raise student achievement.
F. Isabel CampoyView Thoughtexchange
F. Isabel Campoy
Featured Presenter
F. Isabel Campoy is the author of over 150 children’s books written in English and Spanish. She is a recognized speaker, researcher, and scholar devoted to the study of language acquisition, and Latino children’s literature. She obtained her degree in English Philology from Universidad Complutense in Madrid, Spain with post graduate studies as a Fulbright scholar in UCLA.
Victor RiosView Thoughtexchange
Dr. Victor Rios
Featured Presenter
Dr. Victor Rios is Associate Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.   He received his Ph.D. at the University of California Berkeley in 2005.  Professor Rios has worked with local school districts to develop programs for students who have been left behind in their education.
Dr. Marlyn HenriquezView Presentation42:21
Dr. Marlyn Henriquez
Race in Selected Works of Spanish American Literature
Latin America is a continent with a predominant mixed population still struggling to embrace its multi-ethnicity. In its literature, we find some writers who speak openly about race (Dario, Marti), whereas others create characters of different races who, despite unfavorable situations in their lives, emulate positive traits from which, as readers, we can extrapolate life lessons. 
Laureene NeubarthView Presentation11:20
Laureene Neubarth
Infusing Hispanic/Latino Contributions and Culture into Elementary Social Studies
Participants will learn about grade appropriate infusion of Hispanic/Latino contributions and culture then shown how to locate these resources/lesson plans in Blender.
Dr. JP LinstrothView Presentation25:15
Dr. JP Linstroth
Poems on Crisis at the Mexican-American Border 
My session will be reading from my prize-winning poetry book, 'Epochal Reckonings' (Proverse International Prize Winner) poems concerning the crisis at the Mexican-American border, such as "The Crossing", "El Norte", "Eco por un Grito Moderno", and "Mexicah".
Lauren GraniteMaureen CarterKimberly Coombs
Dr. Lauren Granite, Maureen Carter, Kimberly Coombs
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A Different History: Jews, Holocaust, & Spanish Culture
Presenters will share resources for teaching about Sephardic Jews—Jews originally from Spain—and their experiences in the Holocaust.
Michelle Martin, Ed.S.Theresa ThomasView Presentation

Michelle Martin, Ed.S., Theresa Thomas
Pathways to Gifted: Understanding the Gifted Identification Process for ELLs
This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the gifted identification process from referral to eligibility.
Jameson StellLilly SalcedoView Presentation

Jameson Stell, Lilly Salcedo
Taking the Baton of Bilingualism & Biculturalism: Student Perspectives on the Impact of Spanish Language Learning
Current students and alumni of SDPBC share how their experiences in Spanish courses positively influenced them in a variety of ways.
Fernelize HenryView Presentation28:05
Fernelize Henry
Using History to Enhance Language Acquisition in a Dual Language Classroom 
In this session, I will present an engaging history lesson about mother cultures in the Americas that enhances language acquisition.
Jorge EchegarayBetsy SmithOphelia Rivera
Jorge Echegaray, Betsy Smith, Ophelia Rivera
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Migrant Students Transforming the Landscape of Education in Palm Beach County
The audience will learn about migrant students and families and how they are transforming the educational landscape in the county.
Cristina AreuView Presentation21:36
Cristina Areu
The Youngest LatinX Podcaster in the United States, Who Just Happens to be a Calusa Elementary Student
Cristina Areu is a rising star at Calusa Elementary School in Boca Raton and paving the way for Latinx children to dream big.

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Kenisha CoatesKerry EmeryView Presentation

Kenisha Coates, Kerry Emery
Teacher Resources for Inclusive Classrooms: The Study of Hispanic Contributions to the United States for ELA Grades 6-12
This session will provide an overview of the resources for the study of Hispanic contributions to the United States for Grades 6-12 English Language Arts Teachers.
Debra WernerCarolina AbreuView Presentation

Debra Werner, Carolina Abreu
Affirming New Immigrant Students from Latin America
We will share with you some newcomers’ stories and resources available to promote a welcoming and inclusive learning environment for our immigrant students.
Sonia Cabrera-LopezDominga Manuel-XuncaxMaria Hernandez
Sonia Cabrera-Lopez, Dominga Manuel-Xuncax, Maria Hernandez
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The History of Mayan Students in Palm Beach County
Learn about the Mayan students that have lived in Palm Beach County for decades and the recent arrivals.
Isabella RamirezView Presentation3:05
Isabella Ramirez 
The Struggles of Being Latina in the Education System
Isabella Ramirez is an award-winning writer who was appointed as the 2020 National Student Poet of the Southeast Region of the United States, the highest honor for youth poetry in the nation. Some of her accolades include being named the 2021 South Florida Youth Poet Laureate, placing first in the state at the 2021 Louder Than A Bomb Florida Slam Poetry Competition, earning a National Silver Medal from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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