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Winter Conference 2015 Our Leadership Stories: Nurturing the Seeds of Change
The OALA Winter Conference is more than a conference with great speakers, it's a vehicle to develop, support and mentor the next generation of Oregon educators in a more diverse and challenging learning environment.

Held annually, the OALA Winter Conference offers intensive exploration of the field of innovative instructional and learning strategies for Latino students, best practices for parent involvement, closing of the achievement gap for English language learners, and profession development training for aspiring administrators. Participants can expect a hand-on curriculum which includes presentations by nationally-recognized authors and educational officials.

WE DID IT! February 7, 2015

Theme for 2015
Our Leadership Stories: Nurturing the Seeds of Change

Winter Conference 2015 Program CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Montenegro

President/CEO of Montenegro Consulting Group, LLC, is currently an associate for Margarita Calderon and Associates. He provides training on instructional strategies for ELL, leadership development for administrators and instructional coaches, and specializes in the teacher coaching process through the use of technology, video recording, web based platforms and observation protocols. Dr. Montenegro is also a Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and works with districts on systemic implementation of SEL.

Dr. Hector Montenegro began his teaching career in San Jose, California in 1975 where he taught math at the junior and senior high school levels. He later taught and was an assistant principal in Washington, DC and a junior high principal and a high school principal in Virginia. Dr. Montenegro later served as Chief of Staff of the DC Public Schools before moving to Texas where he served as a principal and an Area Superintendent in Austin, Deputy Superintendent for Instructional Services in Dallas, and Superintendent of Schools for three school districts in Texas: San Marcos CISD, Ysleta ISD and Arlington ISD. Dr. Montenegro was later an Area Superintendent for the San Diego School District in California. He obtained his masters from Stanford University and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin.

As the Senior District Advisor for the Collaborative for Academic Social Emotional Learning (CASEL), a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, Dr. Montenegro provides technical expertise to further advance the science and practice of school-based social emotional learning (SEL) in school districts across the country. His primary focus is providing SEL professional development, research, monitoring and evaluation, policy development and implementation, and the development of SEL district standards. The goal is systemic and universal implementation of SEL standards and the adoption of evidence-based SEL programs that are sustainable and have a positive impact on student academic achievement.

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Distinguished Latino Educator Award Recipients

2007 - Jose Garcia (retired)
2008 - Carmen Gelman (Springfield Public Schools)
2009 - Carlos Perez (Hillsboro School District)
2010 - Sonny Montes (Portland Public Schools)
2011 - David Bautista (Woodburn Public Schools)
2012 - Olga Acuna (Hillsboro School District)
2013 - Dr. Perla Rodriguez (Forest Grove School District)
2014 - Dr. Emilio Hernandez
2015 - Narce Rodriguez (PCC, Dean of Students)

OALA Allies

2009 - Rob Larson (Education Northwest)
Tom Ruhl (Marylhurst University)
2010 - Jon Lenssen
Walter Blomberg (retired Woodburn SD)
2011 - Joyce Harris
Dave Dorman

Renamed Tom Ruhl Ally of OALA
2012 - Dr. Carolyn Carr and Eduardo Angulo
2013 - Carole Smith (Portland Public Schools) and
Dr. Bill Rhoades (West Linn-Wilsonville)
2014 - Mike Scott (Hillsboro SD) and
Dr. Deborah Peterson (PSU)
2015 - Sean Murray (Portland Public Schools, HR)


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