Visit from the TAFE Students

The Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) held its 2015 Summer Leadership Workshop at our campus on June 29, 2015. Donita Garza, the State Program Director, brought eager and dedicated teachers-to-be to the program. We were honored to have the opportunity to meet and interact with this cadre of future teachers.

Two of our undergraduate programs in Educational Psychology participated in the event. Dr. Lisa Bowman-Perrott and Dr. Glenda Byrns, from Special Education (SPED) had a presentation that helped students experience what is like to read with a disability. They helped debunk myths about disabilities with an activity that helped the students learn about famous people who have disabilities.

The Bilingual Education program was represented by Dr. Miranda Walichowski. Dr. Walichowski shared what bilingual education is and opportunities for bilingual teachers. The students also learned about the demographic changes in the state of Texas which lead to an ever increasing demand for bilingual teachers.

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Two of our undergraduate programs in Educational Psychology participated in the event. Dr. Lisa Bowman-Perrott and Dr. Glenda Byrns, from Special Education (SPED) had a presentation that helped students experience what is like to read with a disability. They helped debunk myths about disabilities with an activity that helped the students learn about famous people who have disabilities.

The Bilingual Education program was represented by Dr. Miranda Walichowski. Dr. Walichowski shared what bilingual education is and opportunities for bilingual teachers. The students also learned about the demographic changes in the state of Texas which lead to an ever increasing demand for bilingual teachers.

 

Then the students partook in an interactive activity. The students were divided into groups to explore one of several educational problems related to bilingual or Hispanic/Latino populations. The students used infographics to present the information that they researched about the problem and to propose a solution to that problem.

The activity was eye-opening for many students. The discussions that the students had was very interesting as were the solutions that they posed to those problems. Because of time constraints only a few groups were able to present their infographic to the group. But I told the TAFE students that I would post their work here.

Please take a moment to see the work that the students did. They only had a out 30 minutes to research the problem, discuss, and come up with a solution, as well as learn how to use Piktochart. You can click on presentation mode on the upper right to see this in sections.

Here is an example of the infographic that one group on their topic “Shortage of bilingual teachers.”

Bilingual infograph

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One group of students examined “The loss of Spanish proficiency among third and fourth generation Latino(a)s”

Another group of students examined “Why education is not a popular field.” 

A third group examined “Education without fathers”

 

 

The students left with a little more understating of the challenges and opportunities in special and bilingual education. And they left with a new toolset: being able to make infographics for free on Piktochart, as if they were graphic designers.

For more information about our undergraduate Bilingual Education and Special Education programs please visit here.

For more about Piktochart please visit here.