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UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence hosts Summit on Latino Student Success

Juan Sepulveda On Widescreen
Three female panelists

Top photo: Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, speaks from Washington, D.C., via Skype. Bottom photo: Three female pioneering panelists in the STEM fields read from a book profiling their accomplishments.

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(June 10, 2010)--The UTSA College of Education and Human Development Academy for Teacher Excellence recently welcomed educational experts from across the nation for the inaugural two-day Summit on Latino Student Success. The summit provided an opportunity for professors, superintendents and educational researchers to discuss transforming STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) pedagogies and policies.

On the first day, Juan Sepulveda, director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, spoke to the conference. His comments were streamed using Skype technology software from his Washington, D.C., office.

Sepulveda discussed President Barack Obama's 2020 initiative to have the highest percentage of population in the world to earn a college degree. Currently, the United States is ranked No. 10 in the world in the number of undergraduate degrees produced. Sepulveda answered questions and invited attendees to submit STEM success stories in their universities and high schools to share with others for possible duplication.

"We want to see outcomes as a result of these critical analyses and dialogues to transform more Latino students in these STEM field areas," said Belinda Flores, summit organizer and principal investigator in the Academy for Teacher Excellence."

Another conference highlight was a panel discussion by three women who are pioneers in the STEM fields. Profiled in the book "Paths to Discovery: Autobiography from Chicanas with Careers in Science, Mathematics and Engineering," Elvia Niebla, Elma Gonzalez and Diana Marinez discussed obstacles and challenges they overcame to become professors and administrators in the areas of biology, biochemistry and global-change research.

In the final day of the conference, there were presentations on STEM policy implications at the state and national level by state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, state Rep. Mike Villarreal and Sarita Brown, executive director of Excelencia in Education.

To learn more about educational teaching opportunities, visit Academy for Teacher Excellence

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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