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Columbia educators to participate in Southeastern-sponsored educational program

Contact: Rene Abadie


     HAMMOND – More than 40 educators from the Republic of Colombia will participate in a week long conference March 31 – April 4 in New Orleans designed to address a wide range of educational topics and issues.

     The program, “Management and Leadership in Education,” is sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University and will be held at the World Trade Center in New Orleans. The participants include teachers, principals and superintendents from throughout Colombian cities, representing both private and public schools.

     Among the topics to be covered in the conference are cross-cultural aspects and diversity in education, issues addressing curriculum and instruction for elementary and high schools, conflict resolution, effective school administration, technology in the classroom and the role of bilingual education.

     Participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a number of leaders in Louisiana’s education system as well as other government officials, said Aristides Baraya, director of the Southeastern College of Business Latin American Business Development Initiative. The conference is being sponsored by an alliance of the Southeastern Division of Continuing Education and Special Activities, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Business. Esperanza Trujillo de Castiblanco, a widely recognized Colombian educator and president of the Lice Moderno Foundation, is serving as coordinator of the program.

     “In addition to providing the participants with some of the latest research and trends in education, we also hope this program will help facilitate and improve educational opportunities between Colombia and the state of Louisiana,” said Baraya, who over the last several years has worked with a number of Latin American nations on cultural and educational exchange programs.

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