Winter Conference
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.

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.

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Best Western New Oregon - Partner Hotel for Participants
You and your colleagues may secure these individual reservations by credit card guarantee through the online URL All reservations must be made prior to the cut-off date of January 10, 2017.

The BEST WESTERN New Oregon is located off I-5 Exit 192. It features our Complimentary Breakfast Buffet for our overnight guests that includes omelets, bacon or sausage, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, yogurt, bagels, pastries, hot and cold cereals, fresh fruits, juices, freshly ground coffee and tea selections. Our guest rooms feature two queen beds, coffeemakers, wireless internet, microwave, refrigerator and cable television. We offer a guest laundry, business center, spacious pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness center and free parking. Rollaways are based on availability at check-in and are charged $15/night.

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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)
2016 - Dr. Julie Esparza Brown (Professor, PSU)
2016 - Victor Vergara (Woodburn Public Schools)

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)
2016 - Sho Shigeoka (Beaverton School District)
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