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GSOE Co-sponsors English Lanuage Learners Conference

UCR Co-Sponsors Conference for Teachers of English Language Learners

The 22nd Annual UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute Conference will be hosted by UCR’s Graduate School of Education May 1-2 (at the Mission Inn in Riverside).

(January 16, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Helping prepare teachers of English language learners to be more effective in the classroom is the focus of the University of California Linguistic Minority Research Institute’s (UC LMRI) 22nd Annual Conference held at the Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m.

The UC LMRI, a multi-campus research unit of the University of California, is celebrating its 25th year at this conference and will have a special panel of three former UC LMRI directors to commemorate the milestone. In addition to two days of sessions, a roundtable of graduate students will also be held.

“Effectively serving a diverse population of students has long been the
practice at UCR, especially at the Graduate School of Education,” said GSOE Dean Steven Bossert. “We are especially pleased to be a co-sponsor of this year’s event here in the Inland region where the population of English language learners is a growing segment in all classrooms.”

Sessions at this year’s conference will assist in identifying the critical competencies for teachers of English learners and how to develop those competencies.

“It is the responsibility of higher education to take teachers beyond the credentialing requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act and provide them with the tools they need to effectively teach the ever-changing student body, “ Bossert said. “We believe the variety of sessions and presenters will provide teachers of English language learners the additional resources necessary to achieve success.”

Registration for the event closes March 31. General registration fees, which include admission to all conference activities for both Friday and Saturday, lunch and break refreshments, are $131.25. Students pay $53.05.

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