Mount Laurel , New Jersey—The Tenth Annual Latino Parent Education Conference, held on November 18-19, 2014 at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel, was a resounding success!
The event featured workshops, seminars, and presentations on education issues affecting the education of Latino children. The workshops emphasized the value of math and science as the basis for future success. In addition, workshops providing empowerment skills for parents were presented.
This was the first year the vent was held in South Jersey and the conference attracted over 300 parents, teachers, principals and other interested individuals from Camden, Atlantic City, Trenton, Paterson, Jersey City, Cherry Hill and Mount Holly. The conference program was characterized by its high energy and the commitment of parents and educators for the betterment of public education. In addition to the program, the event featured exhibitors, and cultural presentations.
Ms. Noemi Velázquez, a senior assistant to the Jersey City Public Schools administration, presented a rousing speech which inspired the parents and all those present at the event. Mr. Arthur Guida, of PSE&G, a friend of the Institute and our Latino parents, was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his devotion and support.
We wish to thank the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) Ed Richardson, its Executive Director, and Carmen Gonzalez-Gannon, Assistant Director, for their continued support and sponsorship of these annual conferences.
Due to the generosity of our sponsors, parents, teachers and students received all educational materials and meals free of charge.
This year the conference was also sponsored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Wells Fargo Bank, PSE&G, and Grace/La Fe Foods. We wish to express our gratitude to Ms. Lenora Green form ETS, Wanda Saez form Wells Fargo and Linda Colón from La Fe for their support.