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Linfield College hosts 300 bilingual educators and students

Ballet Folklorico Sol Axteca (two members pictured) performed at the OABE Conference.Bilingual educators, parents and teachers from around Oregon attended a two-day conference held at Linfield, sharing information about how best to serve English-as-a-second-language students and families.

Participants enjoyed a beautiful day on campus, got a boost of enthusiasm, and received helpful information about how to promote diversity and family involvement in public schools.

The conference, sponsored by the Oregon Association of Bilingual Educators (OABE), showcased ways educators can increase student participation, enhance academic success and incorporate technology into the classroom.

Parents learned how they can help their children with school, and high school seniors and juniors who speak English as a second language met with Gerardo Ochoa, associate director of financial aid at Linfield’s Portland Campus. Ochoa helped students craft college essays and applications.

“It was an honor to be able to help so many educators and families from across the state,” says Linfield education Professor Kena Avila. “People were in good spirits and teachers loved having the conference at Linfield.”

Ballet Folklorico Sol Axteca (two members pictured) performed at the event.

Linfield student researchers helped with the conference.Linfield student researchers (pictured on left) who helped with the conference included Micaela Craig, Alyssa Carano, Criselda Lopez and Tanika Finch. Also pictured are “GM” Garcia, president of OABE, and Professor Avila.

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