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  

Rosa Salas Palomo, Chair
Micronesian Language Institute
University of Guam
P.O. Box 909
Hagatna, GU 96932
Phone: (671) 735-2193 or (671) 727-5522

Shu-Yuan Lin, Co-Chair
Idaho State University
921 S. 8th Avenue
Pocatello, ID  83209
Phone: (208) 283-3185

Bilingual Education
Student Organization

Margarita Machado-Casas, Chair
University of Texas-San Antonio
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, TX 78249


Belinda Schouten, Co-Chair
Our Lady of the Lake University
Education Department
Bilingual Coordinator
411 SW 24th Street
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: (210) 434-6711 ext. 2473

Critical Pedagogy

Rosario Diaz-Greenberg, Chair
California State University San Marcos
2250 N Broadway 87
Escondido, CA 92026
Phone: (760) 750-4309 or (760) 480-1963



Mario Castaneda, Co-Chair
California State University Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90032
Phone: (310) 488-5220


Dual Language Immersion

Vicky Saldal, Chair
Broward Country Public Schools

Blanca Guerra, Co-Chair
Broward Country Public schools
World Languages Curriculum Supervisor
Cpllege and Career Readiness
(754) 321-2451


Dual Language in Higher Education                

Tomasita Ortiz, Chair
Ana G. Mendez University System
5575 south Semoran Blvd

Suite 505

Orlando, Florida, 32822

Telephone: 407-592-1127

Arnhilda Badia, Co-Chair
Badia and Associates


Early Childhood Education
Karen Nemeth, Chair
Language Castle, LLC


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, Chair
2656 Hendricks Ridge
Eugene, OR  97403
Phone: (541) 747-2925

ELL Secondary Education

Jobi Lawrence, Chair
Education Program Consultant
Director, Title III
Iowa Department of Education
400 E. 14St.
Des Moines, IA 50319-0146
Phone: (515) 281-3805

ESL in Bilingual Education
Rossana Boyd, Chair
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle# 310740
Denton, TX  76203
Phones: (940) 391-4800 or (940) 565-2933

Ricardo González-Carriedo, Co-Chair
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #310740
Denton, TX 76203
Phone: (940) 497-5254

Gifted Education
Nilda M. Aguirre, Chair
Kreative-Kids Corp- President
43110 Holder Lane
Hammond, LA 70403
(225) 209-0224
Fax: (985) 249-2771

Elsa M. Anderson, Co-Chair
Asst. Professor, School of Education
Texas Wesleyan University
Dan Waggoner Hall 303
Phone: (817) 531-4946


Indigenous Bilingual Education

Louise Lockard, Chair
Associate Clinical Professor
Northern Arizona University
COE: Educational Specialties
Phone: (928) 523-8218

Florian Tom Johnson, Co-Chair
Rough Rock Community School
Navajo Curriculum & Technology Specialist
Phone: (928) 728-3786
Fax: (928) 728-3576

Instructional Technology
Eurvine Williams, Chair
Illinois State University
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Campus Box 5330
Normal, IL  61790
Phone: (309) 438-3174


Seal of Biliteracy
Yee Wan, Facilitator
Santa Clara County Office of Education


Parent and Community
Carla Amaro-Jimenez,
The University of Texas - Arlington
502 Yates St. Science Hall, Rm. 322P
Box 19777  Arlington, TX  76019
Phone: (817) 272-3346

Policy Makers

Annette Torres-Elias, Chair
8117 Pase Drive
Plano, TX 75025
Phone: (469) 952-8690

Viviana Hall, Co-Chair
2914 Starboard 20
Rockwall, TX 75087
Phone: (214) 768-1522

Refugee/ Newcomers
Hector Rivera, Chair
Center for Child and Community Development, Southern Methodist University

6116 N. Central Expressway, Suite 1080
Dallas, TX  75204
Phone: (214) 768-1394

Elda Rojas M. Ed., Co-Chair
Director, Department of World Languages
Dallas Independent School District
Phone: (972) 925-8913

Research and Evaluation
Dr. Martha Pennington,
University of London, UK,

Dr. Heather Woodley, Co-Chair
NYU Steinhardt, 316 East Building
New York, NY 10003

Special Education

Amy Mazur,
George Washington University
2134 G St. NW RM 416
Washington, DC 20052
Phone: (202) 994-1511

Patricia Rice Doran,
Project Coordinator
Towson University
304 Hawkins Hall
Phone: (410) 704-3891

World Languages and Cultures

Mariella Herold,
Northern Arizona University
PO Box 5774
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5774
Phone: (928) 523-7141 or (520) 235-8755
Fax: (928) 523-1929

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