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Winter Conference 2019
We are happy to announce our host for the 2019 and 15th annual OALA Winter Conference is

Western Oregon University

SAVE THE DATE: February 1st and 2nd!

REGISTER HERE: FEBRUARY 1st and 2nd, 2019
15th Annual Conference!

2019 Registration

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.

2019 Schedule at a Glance
2019 Schedule at a Glance PDF

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 professional development training for aspiring administrators. Participants can expect a hands-on curriculum which includes presentations by nationally-recognized authors and educational officials.

It was a powerful conference that came at the right time for many. We hope we provided a safe space for everyone to dialogue and share ideas on how to move forward.

Your district, department or school can join OALA as an Institutional Member, and receive 5 FREE slots to the 2019 Winter Conference!
Learn more by downloading our initial institutional membership form here: OALA Initial Institutional Membership Form 2019

If you are already an institutional member, you will receive your renewal invoice in early fall 2018.
If you have any questions, please email

REGISTER HERE: FEBRUARY 1st and 2nd, 2019
15th Annual Conference!

2019 Registration

Book your hotel now!
The following two hotels have graciously set aside rooms for our conference. They are located in the Salem area:

The Grand Hotel | Click to see rates OALA Grand Hotel Reservation Information
Please Make reservations at 503-540-7800 or contact Raeha Whitus, Reservations Manager, for more details. Cut off date is January 1st, 2019

Hampton Inn
Hampton Inn website
Call for reservations: 503-362-1300
Mention group code: OALA
$129 rate and $149 for King Suite

The next two hotels are other options that are closer to campus and available at a lower rate. We do not have an agreement with them, just wanted to share a couple of more options.

Best Western, Dallas
Best Western, Dallas website

Ma Mere's Guesthouse (Bed and Breakfast)
Website link

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Distinguished Latino Educator Award Recipients

Nomination form for 15th annual Conference, 2019
2019 Nomination form

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)
2017 - Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon
2018 - Det. Victor Castro (Hillsboro Police Department)

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)
2017 - Kim Feicke (Ed Equity Orgeon)
Craig Hawkins (Executive Director, COSA)
2018 - Dr. Dawn Montgomery (Lewis and Clark College)
David Nieslanik (Beaverton SD)
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