|NABE Weekly eNews|
|Nov. 29, 2012|
Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!!
Local contact: Nilda M. Aguirre at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 209-0224
What: 42nd Annual International Bilingual Education Conference
Where: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
When: Feb. 7-9
Dear NABE members,
Mark your calendars — NABE is pleased to invite you to be a part of Bilingual Education: Magic Happens!! NABE's 42nd Annual Conference will be held at the Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Feb. 7-9. This event is to bring awareness to the magic behind Bilingual Education. It will be a week filled with educational speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, music, raffles, prizes, demonstrations, cutting edge presentations of all sorts and so much rich research, best practices in dual language and bilingual education, the new education wave on common core state standards, ESEA flexibility waivers, special interest group research and more.
Keynote speakers for this event include Dr. Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Kenji Hakuta, professor from Stanford University, Dr. Ofelia Garcia from the Graduate Center City University of New York and Dr. Andrew Cohen from University of Minnesota.
We are thrilled to have with us featured speakers Dr. Catherine Snow, professor from Harvard University, Dr. Laurie Olsen, director of the Sobrato Early Academic Literacy Program, Shelly Spiegel-Coleman, executive director from Californians Together, Dr. Jim Cummins from Ontario Institute of Education, Tony Miller, deputy secretary from DOE, and Okhee Lee Salwen, Miriam Eisenstein Ebsworth and Lixing (Frank) Tang from NYU Steinhardt, N.Y.
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U.S. Department of Education
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NCOLCTL via NABE
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