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Don't miss the OALA 16TH Annual Winter Conference 2020
Fri., Feb 7 in Downtown, Portland, Sat., Feb. 8 at Grant High School, Portland
See agenda and register here.

Call for Presenters - Due December 3rd
We are flattered by the number of you who have asked, have been planning to apply and have been sending us names of presenters you hope to see. Please make sure you let them know that the proposals are due December 3rd. Share this information with colleagues. Click here to learn more.

Distinguished Latino/a Educator Award and Tom Ruhl Ally of OALA - Due December 3rd
We are now open for nominations for both awards. Letters need to be in soon as they are due December 3rd!
Click here to complete the nomination form.

Individual Registration
Click here to register.

Institutional Members
If your site is an institutional member, we will contact your site to renew their membership and then acquire the names of the 5 team members attending. If you have more than 5 team members who would like to attend, the communication will have details on how to do that.

Reminder About Registration
We are now using Eventbrite as our registration system. Please make sure to check your junk mail folder if you don't receive your confirmation right away and mark it as "not spam" (junk).

Hotel Information
Working to finalize location to be near our Friday venue. Corporate Partners: Please contact Gina with questions if you have not responded to correspondence.

Thank you to Curriculum Associates, American Reading and Renaissance for your support year after year! More recognitions to come.

Gina Roletto

Thank you to all who help make our 15th annual OALA Winter Conference a huge success!

Western Oregon University

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.

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 2020 Winter Conference!
Renewal forms will be send out late summer to districts and will be posted here for new memberships.

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

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Distinguished Latino Educator Award Recipients

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)
2019 - Carmen Xiomara Urbina (Deputy Director, ODE)

Tom Ruhl Ally of OALA Award Recipients

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)
2019 - Linda DuBois (Long Standing OALA Partner, Curriculum Associates)
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