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Report on the Binational Conference: In Search of a Border Pedagogy (4th, El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, January 1999).

This report contains a synopsis of the binational conference and features brief summaries of all the papers presented at the conference. Over 350 educators, community leaders, and researchers were brought together to discuss the educational extremes found along the border between the United States and Mexico and to investigate instructional approaches that address the unique characteristics of this region. The following questions helped to shape the scope and content of the conference: What is the current condition of bilingualism, particularly in the United States? How can educators break the cycle of low performance in border schools? How can teachers and administrators reinvent school norms, structures, and culture so that there is respect for linguistic and cultural differences? The conference was sponsored by the Center for Research on the Education of Students Placed at Risk, the Texas Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Assistance Project at Johns Hopkins University, and the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. The summaries are organized into the following categories: the status of education for English language learners in the United States; theoretical concerns influencing border pedagogy; calls for changes in policy or practice; studies of effective programs and practices; and professional development issues. An appendix provides a list of presenters and presentations cited. (KFT)

  • Contributor: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX
  • Date Published: 02-25
  • Year: 2000

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