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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

February 21-24, 2024

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About the Conference

The National Best Practices Conference is a convergence of "Best Instructional Practices," welcoming educators from diverse educational programs—Bilingual, ESL, Gifted and Talented, Special Education, Core Content, Early Childhood, and Technology—across various grade levels and subject matters.

This unique event is an opportunity for teachers, administrators, and support staff to unite and discover effective strategies not only within their specific programs but also through cross-pollination of ideas among different educational domains.

Gone are the days of educational "silos." Instead, this conference fosters a collaborative environment where practitioners come together to explore innovative ways of meeting the diverse academic and linguistic needs of our students. It's a platform where specialized expertise converges, offering insights and practical solutions that enrich the educational landscape for all.

Conference Philosophy

We believe in uniting educators in a single space, empowering them to discover the most effective ways to address their students' academic and linguistic requirements.

PRE-CONFERENCE

Keynote Speaker
Dual Language Education Pre-Conference
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, Karina completed her Bachelor’s in International Relations from el Tecnológico de Monterrey. After moving to Texas, she became an Elementary Bilingual teacher through an alternative certification program. She completed her Master’s in Bilingual Education and School Principalship at the University of Texas Pan American in 2005. She later became a Bilingual/ESL Strategist, Newcomer Academy Coordinator, Middle School Assistant Principal, and Bilingual/ESL Director in McAllen ISD for almost 6 years.

 

Karina received the Public Education Honoree Award by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education in 2016, recognizing her role in the transformation of her district’s transitional bilingual program into a dual language program in 20 elementary campuses.

 

Karina has served in both the RGV-TABE and TABE executive boards playing several roles, including RGV-TABE’s secretary, parliamentarian, and president, as well as TABE’s secretary, legislative chair, Bilingual/ESL representative, and newsletter chair. Karina has served as the Language Proficiency, Biliteracy and Cultural Diversity Director in Region One ESC for the past six and a half years, where she has had the pleasure of working for more than 160,000 Emergent Bilingual students and their families in the south Texas border. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Testing and Measurement, Language Acquisition, and Applied Linguistics for future bilingual teachers at the Texas A&M University in Kingsville.

 

Karina delivered her first TEDxMcAllen talk in November of 2019 entitled “The Revolutionary Power of Bilingualism”. 

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Karina Chapa

Executive Director

Texas Association for Bilingual Education

Featured Speaker

Keynote Speaker
Thursday, February 22, 2024

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Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya

Dr. Zelaya Educational Consulting LLC

 Dr. Jose Luis Zelaya, 36 years old is married to Katerin Meza. They are parents to Amaris (3 years and 7 months) and Amael Zelaya (1 year and 7 months). Dr. Zelaya is a Dreamer who was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. At 13 years of age, he was embarked on a journey to the United States as an unaccompanied minor. 

He fled Honduras after living as a street child in absolute poverty and rampant violence. After a dangerous 45-day journey across Guatemala and Mexico, he was found in U.S. soil by immigration officers. He lived in a detention center for two months and was reunified with his mother and sister who lived in Houston, Texas. 

With the help of his mother in year 2001 he enrolled in the 7th grade and started to build a new life in the United States. In 2006, Dr. Zelaya became the first in his family to graduate from High School. He enrolled at Lone Star Community College and obtained an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts. 

He then transferred to the Department of Education at Texas A&M University in College Station where he completed an undergraduate degree in interdisciplinary studies, a masters in curriculum and instruction specializing in ESL as well as a Ph. D. in Urban Education. 

Dr. Zelaya attributes his academic achievements to the great sacrifices of his family, educators, mentors, ganas to succeed in life and the overall community who supported him. In his story, he shares how the generational power of higher education impacted his life and that of his family. 

Conference Schedule 2024

Banquet Lunch Included February 21-23, 2024

SCHEDULE
Wednesday

February 21

Bilingual Education

Pre-Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Featured Speaker

11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Breakout Session #2

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Visit

1:15 pm- 2:15 pm

Breakout Session #3

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Breakout Session #4

Thursday

February 22

Best Practices 

Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Keynote Speaker

11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Breakout Session #2

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Visit

1:15 pm- 2:15 pm

Breakout Session #3

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Breakout Session #4

Friday

February 23

Best Practices 

Conference

8:30-9:30

Breakout Session #1

9:45 am- 10:45 am

Featured Speaker

11:00 am- 12:00 pm

Breakout Session #2

12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Lunch and Exhibitor Visit

1:15 pm- 2:15 pm

Breakout Session #3

2:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Breakout Session #4

Saturday

February 24

Best Practices

Conference

9:00-10:00

Breakout Session #1

10:15 am- 11:15 am

Breakout Session #2


Keynote Speaker
Friday, February 23, 2024

The Gómez and Gómez Dual Language Enrichment Model was developed by Dr. Richard Gómez and Dr. Leo Gómez in 1995. The Gómez brothers are retired professors in Bilingual Education whose research is focused on language and academic issues affecting bilingual learners.  They have spent the last 27 years constantly evaluating and perfecting their dual language education model, which is now being implemented in over 900 schools across the country.  

In 2015, Dr. Richard Gómez founded G&G Dual Language Consultants, LLC. Along with select experts in bilingual education, Dr. Gómez continues to offer training and services to implement the Gómez and Gómez DLE Model efficiently.  G&G Dual Language Consultants is committed to helping any school district interested in educating their students in one-way or two-way dual language programs create the best possible learning environment to ensure their students' success academically and as future bilingual, bicultural, and biliterate members of society.  

Dr. Gómez's training provides Best Practices for ALL teachers, regardless of their educational program, so that ALL students can succeed academically. 

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Dr. Richard Gómez Jr. 

Gómez and Gómez Dual Language Consultants

PROPOSALS

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING in 2024?

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National Best Practices Conference 2024

Lead Presenter received a $50 Registration Discount and ALL Presenters are invited to the VIP Gala 

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February 22, 2024

5:00 -7:00 

Sheraton Hotel

Bronze III

Appetizers and Drinks

 

            Sheraton by the Galleria                4801 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy

Dallas, TX 75244

972-661-3600

Special Conference Rate 

$149 USD per night

Valid Until January 20, 2024

*Contact the Hotel for Information on

Their Payment Policy

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Conference Location 2024

Hotel Daily Parking $16
*Note: Advise hotel if you would like the parking fee added to your hotel bill 
 

LOCATION
NBPC 2024
NBPC 2024
Transforming Education for ALL
When
Feb 21, 2024, 8:30 AM CST – Feb 24, 2024, 11:30 AM CST
Where
Sheraton Hotel by the Galleria,
4801 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Dallas, TX 75244, USA

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Professional Development

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November 4-7, 2024

Professional development is KEY for campus and district administrators, support staff, and lead teachers to provide strategic academic and linguistic instructional support to teachers of Emergent Bilinguals.

 

The Institute provides an opportunity to increase one's capacity for a deeper understanding of supervising and supporting high-quality education of Emergent Bilinguals.

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