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Bilingual Education Conference Features Founder of Homeboy Industries

Bilingual Education Conference to Feature Founder of Homeboy Industries

Educators, parents and community members expected to be among the 300 attendees.

(May 12, 2005)

Father Gregory Boyle will be the keynote speaker at the Bilingual Student Conference.

Father Gregory Boyle will be the keynote speaker at the Bilingual Student Conference.

Father Gregory J. Boyle, founder and director of Homeboy Industries/Jobs for a Future, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping gang members get their lives back on track, be the keynote speaker on Wednesday, May 18 during the Educating the Bilingual Student Conference: Equal Access to the Curriculum conference, which is hosted by UC Riverside’s Graduate School of Education. The one-day conference is being held at the University Extension Center, 1200 University Ave.

Boyle, a Jesuit priest, founded Homeboy Industries in 1988. The organization provides training, employment referral services, counseling and tattoo removal for more than 1,000 former gang members a month. Boyle is also a member of the State Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency Prevention and serves on the National Youth Gang Center Advisory Board.

Francisca Sánchez, assistant superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction with the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools office will be the welcome speaker. Sánchez is a member of the statewide Curriculum and Instruction Steering committee and has authored a number of publications, including “Schooling English Learners for Success in the 21st Century.”

The conference will provide teachers, credential students, educational administrators, parents and others with an interest in bilingual education with information and tools to help students who are not fluent in English. Participants can choose from one of 11 workshops for each of the three 80-minute conference sessions. Topics covered include the use of theatre to teach English language learners, an overview of dual immersion programs and ways to help students meet California content standards.

Each session includes a parent-orientated workshop in Spanish. A complete list of conference offerings is available online at the UCR Graduate School of Education’s Title III Language and Learning Institute Web site.

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