April 3, 2012


ISBE DELL e-Broadcast 2012: 221 - Seventh Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents: Registration Deadline Information

The Seventh Annual Statewide Summit for Bilingual Parents will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at the Marriott Resort Oak Brook Hills (3500 Midwest Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523) from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. School districts with bilingual/ESL programs are strongly encouraged to register a delegation of bilingual parents, including those individuals who are members of Parent Advisory Councils (PACs), as well as staff who work with the PACs. While this summit is aimed at members of PACs, other bilingual parents are also encouraged to attend. Keynote presenters include Margarita Ramos from the Centro de Investigación y Asesoría Educativa (CIAE), in Monterrey, México as well as Reyna Hernandez, Assistant Superintendent for the Center for Language and Early Child Development at ISBE. 

School districts will be reimbursed for registration costs ($200 for each person) for up to ten individuals. For these reimbursements, the majority of district attendees must be parents with children in the ELL program. Lodging costs will be reimbursed for participants whose district is at least 50 miles each way to the conference. Mileage and tolls to and from the conference for the 10 participants will be reimbursed at a rate of $.51/mile. Travel forms will be distributed at the conference which will need to be completed by participants and approved by the district before they can be processed.

To obtain a registration form in Spanish and/or English as well as for additional details, go to http://www.thecenterweb.org/irc/pages/f_events-summit.html.  Registration forms on this web site will soon be available in Arabic, Chinese, French, Polish, Russian, and Urdu. Please send in registration forms along with payment by Friday, April 27, 2012. If you have specific questions about the conference or payment by purchase order, check, or credit card, please call the Illinois Resource Center at 224-366-8555.