Special Interest Groups


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NABE members have organized more than 20 special interest groups, covering all levels of schooling: early childhood, elementary, secondary, and higher education. Some focus on roles within the profession: teacher, paraprofessional, parent, research and evaluation, and policy makers. Other SIGs are devoted to the education of special populations or interests, such as Asian/Pacific Americans, gifted and talented, instructional technology, teachers as researchers, Native American bilingual education, special education, and world languages and cultures.

 Any group of 25 NABE members may petition the NABE Executive Board for authorization to form a SIG. Once approved, SIGs are given certain responsibilities and benefits. Among the responsibilities are organizing an academic session (either a half-day or full-day Institute) and a Business Meeting during NABE’s annual conference. In addition, the SIG Chair is invited to report to the NABE Board on important trends and issues that concern the SIG, as well as resolutions for action. SIGs are also encouraged to submit articles for the NABE News and other NABE publications.

Asian & Pacific Islanders SIG   

Shu-Yuan Lin, Chair
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Ave., Stop 8059
Pocatello, ID  83209
Phone: (208) 283-3185

Rosa Salas Palomo, Co-Chair
Micronesian Language Institute
University of Guam
P.O. Box 909
Hagatna, Guam 96932
Phones: (671) 734-3870
or (671) 735-2193
or (671) 727-5522


Bilingual Education
Student Organization (BESO)

Margarita Machado-Casas, Chair
University of Texas-San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249
Phone: (210) 458-5571

Belinda Treviño Schouten, Co-Chair
Our Lady of the Lake University
Education Department
411 SW 24th Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 434-6711 ext. 2473

Critical Pedagogy

Rosario Díaz Greenberg, Chair
California State University San Marcos
2250 N Broadway 87
Escondido, CA 92026
Phones: (760) 750-4309

or (760) 480-1963

Mario Castañeda, Co-Chair
California State University Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90032
Phone: (310) 488-5220



Dual Language Immersion

Blanca GuerraChair
Broward County Public Schools

600 SE Third Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: (754) 321-2451

Leyda Sotolongo, Co-Chair

Broward County Public Schools

600 SE Third Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: (754) 321-2451


Dual Language in Higher Education                

Tomasita Ortiz, Chair
Ana G. Méndez University System
5575 south Semoran Blvd, Ste. 505
Orlando, FL, 32822
Phone: (407) 592-1127

Arnhilda Badia, Co-Chair
Badia and Associates

1118 South Greenway Dr.

Miami, FL 33134

Early Childhood Education
Karen Nemeth,
Language Castle, LLC.

126 Cambridge Ln.

Newtown, PA 18940

Phone: (973) 699-8734


  Clara Cappiello, Co-Chair
East Coast Migrant Head Start
1111 SE Federal Highway, Suite 226,
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: (772) 781-2334 Ext. 21


Elementary Education
Doris Luft Baker,
2656 Hendricks Ridge
Eugene, OR  97403
Phone: (541) 747-2925

EL Newcomers/Refugees

Héctor Rivera, Chair

Texas A & M College Station

107 G Harrington Tower, 4225 TAMU

College Station, TX 778433

Phone: (979) 862-4663


Elda Rojas, Co-chair

1924 Oak Hollow Dr.

Bedford, TX 76021

Phone: (972) 413-6565


EL Secondary Education

Jobi Lawrence, Chair
Iowa Department of Education
400 E. 14 Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-3805

ESL and Bilingual Education
Ricardo González-Carriedo,
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310740
Denton, TX 76203
Phone: (940) 497-5254

Rossana Boyd, Co-Chair
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle# 310740
Denton, TX  76203
Phones: (940) 391-4800

or (940) 565-2933

Eliana Rojas, Co-chair

University of Connecticut

249 Glenbrook Road Unit 3033,
Storrs, CT 06269-3033
Phone; (860) 429-6565


Gifted Education
Nilda M. AguirreChair 
Kreative-Kids Corporation
PO Box 1569
Albany, LA 70711
Phone: (225) 209-0224

Elsa M. AndersonCo-Chair
Texas Wesleyan University
Dan Waggoner Hall 303
1201 Wesleyan Street

Fort Worth, TX 76105

Phone: (817) 531-4946


Indigenous Bilingual Education
Florian Tom Johnson
Rock Point Community School

Navajo Curriculum & Technology

P.O. Box 560

Rock Point, AZ 86545
Phone: (928) 728-3786
Fax: (928) 728-3576

Louise LockardCo-Chair
Northern Arizona University
COE: Educational Specialties

801 S Knoles Dr. Building 27

Flagstaff AZ 86011                     

Phone: (928) 523-8218 

Instructional Technology
Eurvine Williams
Pacific University

UC Box A130

2043 College Way

Forest Grove, OR 97116

Phone: (503) 352-1460


Para Educators

Currently accepting nominations, contact:

Margarita P. Pinkos


3388 Forest Hill Boulevard, Suite A-204

West Palm Beach, FL 33406

Phone: (561) 434-8010


Parent and Community
Carla Amaro-Jiménez, Chair
The University of Texas – Arlington
502 Yates St. Science Hall, Rm. 322P
Box 19777,  Arlington, TX  76019
Phone: (817) 272-3346

Olga Martínez Hickman, Co-Chair

5605 Odessa Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76133


Policy Makers
Jessica Salazar, Chair

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD

616 W. Mcleroy Blvd

Saginaw, Texas 76131

Phone: (817) 658-7139


Shajaira López, Co-Chair shajairalopez@gmail.com

Viviana Hall, Co-Chair
2914 Starboard 20
Rockwall, TX 75087
Phone: (214) 768-1522

Research and Evaluation

Dr. Heather Woodley, Chair  

New York University, Steinhardt School

239 Greene Street, 318

New York, NY 10003

Phone: (917) 816-8715


Seal of Biliteracy
Nivia Gallardo,

Corona-Norco Unified School District

2820 Clark Ave

Norco, CA 92860

Phone: (951) 736-5085


Arthur Chou

Velazquez Press

9682 Telstar Ave. Suite 110

El Monte, CA 91731

Phone: (626) 448-3448


Special Education
Amy Mazur,
George Washington University
2134 G St. NW RM 416
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-1511

World Languages and Cultures
Mariella Herold, Chair
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5774
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Phones: (928) 523-7141

or (520) 235-8755

or (480) 897-2473


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