Hundreds of multilingual and bilingual educators gathered on Aug. 21 at Hartman Middle School for pre-service training that provided content-specific teachers and specialists with information regarding research-based instruction, best practices, classroom resources, and technology integration.
“It’s important for these teachers get together as a community, share with one another, and have a common goal and purpose,” said Dr. Higinia Torres-Rimbau, director of Bilingual/Dual Language Education at the University of St. Thomas. She was on hand to provide HISD teachers with insight into bilingualism, biliteracy, and biculturalism. The common goal this year is to ensure that all of HISD’s 61,000 English language learners are successful, both academically and linguistically.
A group of migrant students from HISD schools traveled to Washington, D.C., recently to learn more about the United States and their role in democracy, thanks to Migrant Education Program federal funds (Title 1, Part C).
The six HISD students who participated were selected by the Migrant Education Program on the basis of their grades, attendance, an essay they submitted, and an interview. Steven Arteaga (Sharpstown HS), Andres Cendejas (Bellaire HS), Judith Guerrero (Sterling HS), Roxana Ramirez (Jordan HS), Keishla Rosales (Bellaire HS), and Jessica Vera (Madison HS) spent nearly a week attending workshops, visiting museums and monuments, enjoying performances, debating topics during a mock Congressional activity, and speaking with members of Congress.