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First-ever Latin@ Educational Issues Conference debuts this spring

Friday, March 30, 2012

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at dickinsonh@beloit.edu or 608-363-2849

“What are the Success Factors of Urban High Achieving Latin@ Students?” is the topic of April 13 lecture

For the first-ever Beloit College Latin@ Educational Issues Conference, Dr. René Antrop-González, associate professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will present “What are the Success Factors of Urban High Achieving Latin@ Students?” The event takes place on Friday, April 13 at 6 p.m. in Moore Lounge, Pearsons Hall. 

González, who teaches bilingual education courses, has experience teaching English as a second language at the elementary, high school and college levels in Puerto Rico and the United States. His research interests include African American and Latina(o) sociology of education, urban school reform, and African American and Latina(o) high achievers.

Following the keynote address, there will be four concurrent thematic panels from 7 p.m. to 7:50 p.m. and another four panels from 8 p.m. to 8:50 p.m., all taking place in various World Affairs Center classrooms. The first four panels include the topics of College Access, Educational Policy Issues, Educational Intervention Programs, and Language and Learning. The topics in the second panel are Parental Concerns, Negotiating Identities, Teaching and Learning, and Student Challenges.

Students enrolled in the Education and Youth Studies course “Identity, Education, and Agency: U.S. Latin@ Issues” will present the panels as their final project.

The conference is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule of events, click here.