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TitleU.S. & Mexican Educators Put Research into Action
ContactLiz Harman
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Contact Phone(619) 260-4682

Day of event cell: Bobbi Hansen (760) 533-1183

The University of San Diego hosts the first Bi-National Symposium on Action Research in Schools, featuring more than 40 presentations based on research that is being implemented into the classroom to promote achievement among and English and Spanish-speaking children.

The conference takes place Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice.

"Our intent is to help build a culture of inquiry and action among educators and those preparing to be educators," said Lonnie Rowell, associate professor and director of the Center for Student Support Systems in the USD School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES).

Educators can find out about cutting-edge practices including those being used to promote mathematics achievement among students with language barriers, build character and ethics through a "Values Squad" in Tijuana public schools and create more accountability in school counseling programs.

"Action research is a powerful tool for strengthening practice in educational settings," said SOLES Associate Professor Bobbi Hansen. "This conference presents an opportunity for counselors and teachers to learn from the exciting action research being done in the region and then put these ideas into their own practice."

Participants include USD's Center for Student Support Systems and Department of Learning and Teaching; La Universidad Pedagogica Nacional (UPN); Tijuana, Mexico; La Universidad Iberoamericano (UIA), Tijuana; Academic Strategic Priorities Fund; and the California Math & Science Partnership.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University's total number of schools and colleges to six.  Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, and Nursing and Health Science.


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