May 10, 2002

Conference Continues Discussion of Education Concerns for Border Region

Two education professors at California State University San Marcos believe the delivery of education to young Mexican immigrants new to the United States may be damaged because of a lack of knowledge and understanding about differences between school systems in the two nations.

To continue a dialogue about this often-overlooked concern, professors Juan Necochea and Zulmara Cline have organized the second bi-national Border Pedagogy Conference to be held Saturday, May 18, 2002 at the Universidad Iberoame-ricana in Tijuana, Mexico. The conference will attract some 150 educators from Mexico and the U.S. for a series of discussions on issues in border education, such as language and equity, instructional practices and border influences on education. Conference organizers hope educators will leave the meeting with a better understanding of how educational systems on both sides of the border work.

Attendees will continue discussions that began at the first border education conference, held at Cal State San Marcos in August, 2001. Topics include differences in operations between the two national systems, accountability, evaluation, grading systems and comparability of instruction grade by grade, among others.

“Increasing trade under NAFTA continues to have implications for education,” said Necochea. “Education should have been included. People go back and forth across the border as well as goods.”

The conference will avoid expert presentations, Necochea said, preferring instead to allow participants to become the experts as themes emerge that are important to border teaching.

Cost of the conference is $65 per participant, which includes continental breakfast, lunch and bus transportation from the international border at San Ysidro to Universidad Iberoamericana in Tijuana and back to San Ysidro. Additional informational is available by calling Nicole Fay at 760-750-4280.

The conference is a cooperative effort between California State University San Marcos and the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) and the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional (UPN) of Tijuana, Baja California. The leader of each campus will attend and deliver brief comments to the meeting. An unexpected benefit of the conference has been in discussions between the three leaders about future cooperation on educational programs, Cline said.

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