Thank you for attending the 2013 Inaugural Bilingual Research Conference in Houston! We hope you found BRC both enjoyable and valuable. The Children’s Learning Institute enjoyed hosting this conference, bringing together academics from around the continent to share and discuss the latest research concerning the development and education of Spanish-English bilingual children.
The 2013 Inaugural Bilingual Research Conference took place in Houston on May 16 and 17, 2013 at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases at UTHealth. BRC brought together academics from around the continent to share and discuss the latest research concerning the development and education of Spanish-English bilingual children. The conference primarily emphasized L1 and L2 language and literacy acquisition among children in early childhood education and elementary school settings. Additional foci included assessment, response to intervention, classroom instruction, and educational policy. The conference was uniquely structured to promote active participation among attendees during round table symposia and extended breaks. So, there were opportunities for attendees to present their own research and to contribute to discussions sparked by others.
Susan Landry, Ph.D., director and founder of the Children’s Learning Institute, and Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D., president of UTHealth, welcomed attendees to the conference. Keynote addresses on each day of the conference were given by well-known researchers in the bilingual education research field. On the first day of the conference, Diane August, Ph.D., a senior research scientist at the Center for Applied Linguistics in Washington, D.C., spoke about vocabulary development in young ELL students. On the second day, Mariela Páez, Ed.D., associate professor in the Department of Teacher Education/Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction at Boston College, spoke about promoting oral language development in young bilingual students.
CLI hopes to host this conference again in the future.
If you have any questions or need more information about BRC, please contact Bonnie Gomez at: firstname.lastname@example.org.