Angela Valenzuela
Angela Valenzuela

Academy for Teacher Excellence hosts research symposium

(Nov. 11, 2008)--The Academy for Teacher Excellence (ATE), part of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), will host the fourth annual ATE Research Symposium from 12:45 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 13 in the University Center Denman Room (2.01.28) on the 1604 Campus. The event includes two keynote speakers from UT Austin and UTSA faculty and doctoral student presentations, followed by a round table discussion. A reception will follow from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

With the theme "Transforming Policies and Pedagogies for P-20 Academic Success," the event is free and open to the public. The symposium is part of UTSA Diversity Month. Sessions will highlight research and published works on diversity and education issues by UTSA's faculty and doctoral students.

The two keynote speakers are:

  • Angela Valenzuela, professor of curriculum and instruction, director for the Texas Center for Education Policy and associate vice president for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. Valenzuela will speak in the 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. session on "Devising a 21st Century Praxis of Freedom in an Uprooted World."
  • Emilio Zamora, associate professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on "Building Ties with Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato: My Fulbright Story."

From 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., COEHD doctoral students will present research conducted with mini-grant and fellowship funds awarded by ATE:

  • Esther Garza -- "Promoting Scientific Literacy: Reading Comprehension Strategies in the Science Bilingual Classroom"
  • Carmen Caceda -- "Teaching English Language Learners: Teacher Candidates' Beliefs about Language Development"
  • Carol Brochin -- "Becoming Maestras: Latina Preservice Teachers Navigating Success Through Biliteracy"

From 2:30 to 4:00 p.m., COEHD faculty will present research conducted with mini-grant funds awarded by ATE:

  • Juliet Langman, associate professor of bicultural-bilingual studies -- "Learning Through Interactions: The Power of Participatory Simulations" (research done with Carmen Fies, assistant professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching)
  • Elizabeth Pate, professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching -- "Meeting the Needs of Middle School Adolescents in Science and Mathematics"
  • Sharon Nichols, assistant professor of educational psychology -- "Middle School Beliefs Study: How Students and Teachers talk about Motivation and Belonging"

From 5:15 to 6:30 p.m., there will be a series of round table discussions. Speakers and topics include:

  • Rosalind Horowitz, professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching -- "Border Literacy: Linguistic and Cognitive Confrontations and Realignments in Discourse"
  • Susan Keehn, associate professor of interdisciplinary learning and teaching -- "Study of the Impact of Professional Development in Diversity on Faculty's Teaching"
  • Norma Guerra, assistant professor of educational psychology -- "Novice Teachers' Transition: Engaging Styles and Identity Challenges"

For more information, call (210) 458-6170.


The Academy for Teacher Excellence offers mini-grant research awards as an opportunity for professional development for faculty and doctoral students in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development including research on issues affecting the quality of education for diverse students.

ATE projects are designed to enhance UTSA's ability to prepare teachers for diverse classrooms, to retain and graduate Hispanic and low-income students, and to establish teacher preparation programs that comprehensively integrate diversity issues and other related issues of concern to faculty members.

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