Students attend, present at Conference on Education of Hispanics

Students Attend Conference

Tarleton State University

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Students from Tarleton’s Southwest Metroplex Center in Fort Worth recently participated in the 20th annual Conference on the Education of the Hispanics, Dec. 14, hosted by Forth Worth Independent School District’s International Newcomer Academy.

The conference, which is sponsored annually by Fort Worth ISD and various publishing companies that produce materials for second-language learners, is geared towards exposing updated research, educational materials and learning activities for school principals, teachers and teacher’s aides who work with English language learners.

Tarleton’s bilingual students, under the supervision of assistant professor Dr. Anita Castañeda, conducted three sessions at the conference, including: “Reading for Meaning for Second Language Learners,” presented by Castañeda and Kirza Matamoros, who introduced the audience to the importance of involving students in activities for acquiring oral language, reading and writing.

Additional presentations were made by Esmeralda Maciel, Merari García, Anjélica Hernández and Lorena Ortíz who discussed, “Engaging Students in Cross-Curriculum Activities,” and Kim Avila, Erika Lujan, Cristina Martínez and Francis Vásquez whose presentation was entitled: “Shapes, Angles and Fun, Oh MY!”

“Attending and presenting at the conference was a great learning experience for my students because they had never attended a conference as attendees or participants,” said Castañeda. “They did an outstanding job in their presentations because they had activities where the participants were involved in and were able to make and take back with them to use with their students.

“Our sessions had to be closed because they got full quickly; we also had participants that came to more than one of the sessions,” Castañeda  added. “A couple of principals who attended stated:  ‘They are sharing such wonderful activities that our teachers can actually take and use with their students right away. We needed more of these types of sessions, not just information, lecture type sessions.’”


Tarleton State University
A member of The Texas A&M University System

Contact: Dr. Anita Castañeda

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