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Educational leadership center to host speaker series

The Center for Border and Indigenous Educational Leadership (CeBIEL) will host a speaker series at New Mexico State University to focus on issues of culture, language and socio-economics.


The series will create a forum for discussing ways to better serve the educational needs of the Las Cruces/El Paso area's diverse population. Lectures will take place in the Ivan L. Carbine Auditorium at the Physical Science Laboratory Building on the corner of Sweet Avenue and Stewart Street.

Carlos J. Ovando, a professor of curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and policy studies from Arizona State University, will speak at 5 p.m. Friday, March 11, on "Color-Blind Institutionalism and the Logic of Rational Distrust." The information comes from his book "The Color of Bureaucracy: The Politics of Multicultural School Communities."

At 5 p.m. Friday, April 8, Eugene Garcia, dean of the College of Education at Arizona State University, will discuss the role of school administrators in closing the achievement gap for culturally diverse students. The topic comes from his book "Student Cultural Diversity, Understanding and Meeting the Challenge."

Nilda Flores-Gonzalez, an associate professor with joint appointment in sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will focus on how the media "criminalize" inner-city schools, school activists and students, and how these images shape public opinion and policy. These topics are from her book "School Kids, Street Kids: Identity Development in Latino Students." The lecture will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, April 29.

At 5 p.m. Friday, June 24, Nancy Commins, an independent consultant assisting schools and districts in their efforts to improve instruction for linguistically diverse populations, will discuss topics from her book "Restructuring Schools for Linguistic Diversity: Linking Decision Making to Effective Programs."

The CeBIEL Center offers professional development for school administrators and teachers to promote gains in academic achievement by English language learners and culturally diverse students. The center is located in the Department of Educational Management and Development in the NMSU College of Education.

For more information contact Donna Medina, CeBIEL project assistant, at (505) 646-4190 or gdmedina@nmsu.edu.