|New Mexico State Department
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
Public Outreach Director
February 25, 2003
Bilingual Education Day to be held Thursday at Legislature
(Santa Fe, NM)-The New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE)
will join with the New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education
(NMABE) in celebrating Bilingual Education Day at the Legislature
on Thursday, February 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
"The richness of the cultures and languages in our state demands
that we set aside a day which recognizes, celebrates and endorses
this diversity," said Gladys Herrera-Gurulé, the SDE's
director of Bilingual Multicultural Education. "Historically,
the decision-making bodies of our state have consistently made New
Mexico a national leader with initiatives regarding culture and
language preservation. Bilingual day at the state Capitol serves
as a reminder of this history and the importance of continuing its
The event will open on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. in the state Capitol
Rotunda with opening remarks by Luis "Nacho" Quiñones,
president of NMABE, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Michael
J. Davis, Christine Trujillo, a member of the State Board of Education,
Tina Deschenie, director of Bilingual Education at the Central Consolidated
Schools, various parents of students in the Albuquerque Public Schools'
Dual Language Immersion Program and Herrera-Gurulé.
From noon to 1:10 p.m., students from several New Mexico schools
will provide entertainment. Students from Coyote Elementary School
in the Jemez Mountain schools will sing songs in both English and
Spanish, the Ballet Folklórico of La Casita Elementary in
Clovis will perform traditional dances, students from Twin Lakes
Elementary in the Gallup-McKinley County schools will sing in Navajo,
the Mariachi Pantera del Yermo from Pecos High School in Pecos will
provide Mariachi selections and students from Francis X. Nava Elementary
in Santa Fe will also participate.
Bilingual Education Day will open on Wednesday, February 26, with
a Directors Institute at the Radisson Inn in Santa Fe from 8:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m., featuring presentations on accountability and
assessment issues related to English Language Learners (ELLs), licensure
affecting bilingual education programs, corrective action, legislative
issues and new state and federal bilingual education programs. Dr.
Virginia Collier and Dr. Wayne Thomas, of George Washington University,
will present on "Data and Research on Effective Bilingual Education
Programs." They will also speak at a legislative reception
to follow the institute, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson.