SDSU hosting annual Binational Conference on Education Saturday

April 17, 2002|STAFF REPORT

CALEXICO — The seventh annual Binational Conference on Education will be at the San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus on Saturday.

Organizers hope to see more than 800 educators, community members and officials attend the binational "day of learning" featuring workshops that bring together Mexicali and U.S. teachers and a vast array of cultural exhibits for the general public.

The conference started years ago with only six workshops but has since more than doubled in size.

Conference coordinator Maribel Gutierrez said of the workshops, "We learn skills that we could never learn in a textbook, such as leadership, time management, book and record-keeping, responsibility, making contacts, letter writing and, most importantly, commitment."

The first workshops start at 8:30 a.m. and the conference wraps at 3:30 p.m.

The highlight of the day for many attendees is the "cultural interlude."

During an hour-and-a-half lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., participating teachers will interact with professionals and the community in the Rollie Carrillo Quad and be entertained, according to Gutierrez.


"The gathering of community members and educators provides a perfect forum for multicultural events and exhibits," she said.

Admission to the conference is free and lunch can be purchased on site.

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