Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Crossing Borders: Preparing teachers for a Hispanic-American future

Dr Debra Eville-Lo, Gloria Beltran-Perez, Dr Tim Hobbs, Ching Lo.

Schools in the United States have increasing numbers of Hispanic-American students and many North American cities have substantial Spanish speaking communities.many North American teachers are often inadequately trained to meet the educational needs of students from these communities. New teachers and faculty in teacher preparation programs do not reflect current demographic changes. Faculty in Guadalajara and Scranton have collaborated in multiple initiaves to bridge this cultural gap and to promote increased understanding on both sides of the North-South border.Initiatives have included: co-teaching students from Mexico and the US in teacher preparation classes in both universities; co-presentation at faculty conferences; exchange of graduate students; co-research and grant writing; and extensive faculty travel in Mexico and the United States for the purpose of increased cultural understanding. Attendees will be given an overview of these and other intitiates and invited to discuss problems encountered, lessons learned and our vision for future educational exchange.


Dr Debra Eville-Lo  (United States)

Gloria Beltran-Perez  (Mexico)

Dr Tim Hobbs  (United States)
Associate Professor
Education Department, College of Professional Studies
University of Scranton

Dr. Hobbs is an educator with over 20 years experience with special needs populations. He is a teacher preparer in Special Education with multiple national and international publications. He is currently engaged in grant suppoerted activities to promote inclusive education for children with disabilities in Georgia and Mexico.

Ching Lo  (United States)

  • teacher preparation
  • mexico
  • Hispanic-American culture
  • Multicultural issues

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)