Winter Conference 2016 Registration Now Open
Portland State University
Feb 05 (Social Event)
Feb 06 8:00am - 4:00pm (Conference)
Winter Conference 2016 Registration

This annual event provides a venue for Latino and non-Latino educators, business and community leaders to learn about ongoing and emerging educational issues impacting the Latino community. This conference will support the efforts of numerous educators by providing valuable information on a range of innovative strategies for the fastest growing ethnic U.S. segment - Latinos.

The theme of this year’s 2016 conference is, Staying the Course:Our Students of Today Are Our Educational Leaders of Tomorrow

Conference strands will include: programs and practices that promote equity and opportunity, instructional pedagogy, leadership development, initiatives and reforms, and family/community outreach.

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.

Call for Presenters
Presenter Application Form

SAVE THE DATE! February 5th and 6th 2016

Theme for 2016
Staying the Course:Our Students of Today Are Our Educational Leaders of Tomorrow

There are a block of rooms reserved at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center
Please have your group call the hotel for reservations (503-221-0140 or 1-866-845-4647)
Ask for the "GSE-OALA" Room Block (rate of $72 per night plus 14.5% tax).
Please note that the block date is: check in 02-05-2016, & check out 02-07-2016. When making reservations out side those dates, please let the hotel agent know the original block date of 2/5-7 2016. If not, the hotel agent will not see the block.

Please note that parking is $15 a night, and wifi and hot food buffet breakfast is included in the room rate.
There are also nearby parking garages if you are not staying at the hotel.


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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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