By Ryan Schoensee
Special Projects Writer, Office of University Communications
(Nov. 21, 2012) -- The Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE), a statewide organization that promotes bicultural and bilingual programs and policies, honored Belinda Bustos Flores with its 2012 Higher Education Award. Flores is a professor and chair of the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.
The scholar received her award at the TABE national conference in San Antonio.
Flores completed her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin in curriculum and instruction with specializations in multilingual studies and educational psychology. In 2000, she received the first-place award for outstanding dissertation from the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE). In 2004, she earned the UTSA President's Distinguished Award for Research Excellence. She also is a member of the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame.
The San Antonio native's research focuses on teacher development including self-concept, ethnic identity, efficacy, beliefs, teacher recruitment and retention, and high-stakes testing. Her work has been cited in top journals such as Handbook of Teacher Education, Journal of Latinos & Education, Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, Multicultural Perspectives and many others.
In 2003, Flores founded the UTSA Academy for Teacher Excellence with a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education. ATE serves as a hub for school districts, community colleges and UTSA to collaboratively research, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that address emerging, local and statewide educational issues associated with a growing diverse student population. The academy is a critical element of the UTSA College of Education and Human Development teacher education programs and has helped UTSA achieve national recognition as a leader in preparing teachers to teach in culturally diverse settings.
Recently, ATE was named an Example of Excelencia Award finalist in the Undergraduate School category. Excelencia in Education is one of America's top programs in increasing degree completion among Latinos at the associate, bachelor's and graduate degree levels.
TABE promotes equal educational opportunities for bilingual students through research programs and the implementation of policies that increase bilingual learning in Texas schools. Each year, the organization honors outstanding Texans for their devotion to and accomplishments in bilingual education.
This year, Flores was honored with Community Advocate honoree U.S. Rep. Gene Green (D-Texas, 29th District) and Public Education honoree Duncan Klussmann, superintendent of the Spring Branch Independent School District.
COEHD is the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area and one of the largest in Texas. Ranked third in the United States as producer of teacher-education degrees for Hispanics, the college is responsible for innovative research and grants in professional development, technology enhancement, health, school readiness, and bi-national and bicultural issues.
The UTSA Interactive Technology Experience Center camps are for curious youth who are interested in STEM and related topics. This week, campers will study environmental science, robotics and computer science.
UTSA Main Campus
The Curtis Vaughan Observatory at UTSA will be having open stargazing every Wednesday night during the month. This event is free and open to the public.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, UTSA Main Campus
In four sessions of this weeklong day camp for 9 to 13-year-olds, campers will participate in indoor and outdoor activities while exploring ancient technologies from around the world and the new technologies archaeologists are using to discover them.
UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, Main Campus
Roadrunner readers dive into exciting topics during this literary adventure summer camp geared toward 6-10-year-olds, occurring Monday through Thursday for two weeks.
Buena Vista Building 3.350, Downtown Campus
This event seeks to uncover overlapping African and Indigenous cultural expressions as points of decolonial praxis within readings of Black, Chicana/o, Mexican American, and African American culture and history. It's free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus
Experience a very different summer camp! The UTSA East Asia Institute is teaching kids Japanese through language, culture, art, crafts, music, cooking and more. For kids age 6-12. For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Main Building (MB 1.126), Main Campus
7 to 12 year-olds will explore Mayan Culture in a three-day sessions, concluding at the Witte museum, where campers will have the chance to see the new "Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed" exhibit.
UTSA Center for Archaeological Research, Main Campus
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