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
San Diego State University

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
Currently accepting nominations, contact:

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
Global Perspective 21st Century Consultants

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
Nancy Montgomery, Chair
Department of Teaching and Learning
Associate Clinical Professor of ESL
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, Texas

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, CoChair
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

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

Currently accepting nominations, contact:

Para Educators
Currently accepting nominations, contact:

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

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
Currently accepting nominations, contact: