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Pepperdine University Chapter Officers 2014-2015 

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President - Christopher Arellano

Chapter President - Christopher Arellano is from Arizona. He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in theater arts and a concentration in Chicano Studies. He began his social work career through a multi-cultural Shakespeare company in downtown LA that invited youth to participate in theater production. He received a dual Masters degree from the University of Southern California in Urban Planning and in Social Work. He is currently working on an Ed. D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. He is a union representative/organizer with United Teachers Los Angeles for the East area of Los Angeles and also serves as the chair on the Community Action Board (CAB) for Community Development with the City of Los Angeles. He is serving his second term as president of the Pepperdine chapter.

Vice President - Maria Morales

Chapter Vice President - Maria Morales is a Middle School Assistant Principal at Waite Middle School in Norwalk – La Mirada United School District. She began her professional career in 1998 as an elementary school teacher, a program coordinator and assistant principal in the Inglewood Unified School District. She has provided professional development to teachers, coordinated and implemented federal and state programs, and has been a Master Teacher for preservice teachers from USC and Pepperdine University. Ms. Morales has an MA in Teaching and Learning from National University. She is currently a doctoral student in Pepperdine's Educational Leadership and Administration Policy Program. She hopes to bring more exposure to the Pepperdine Chapter in the local community by increasing chapter membership.

Treasurer - Mayra Zendejas

Chapter Treasurer - Mayra is a student in the final phase of the MATP program at Pepperdine University. She was born and raised in South Los Angeles and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Mayra received a B.A. degree in Sociology and Spanish from UC Santa Barbara becoming the first in her family to receive a four year degree. As a native Spanish speaker, Mayra identifies with her students who come from Spanish speaking homes. Mayra wants to share her love of Spanish with students of diverse backgrounds. She currently teaches Spanish at a high school in the city of Hawthorne. Mayra has a three year old daughter that is biracial and bicultural and hopes to discover more about the experience of biracial students in schools through her research. She is interested in dismantling the obstacles that low-income and Latino students face in high school in their quest to graduate and pursue college degrees. Mayra will be presenting the findings of her action research in spring of 2014.

Secretary - Oralia (Lali) Ruiz Alvarez

Chapter Secretary - Emma Colmenres is from Los Angeles, California and is the youngest daughter of Mexicano immigrant parents. Lali is the first of her family to graduate with a 4-year degree from Cal State Dominguez Hills in Sociology, with an emphasis in criminal justice. Lali interned with the police department for the City of Santa Monica where she met the departments' social worker. Soon after, she changed her mind and her career to social services and has worked in a community mental health center, an independent living center for adults with physical impairments and was a member of the City of Santa Monica's Disabilities Commission where she received a 5-year commendation for her work in promoting inclusionary housing opportunities. Lali entered the field of early childhood education 3 years ago and is currently the Family and Community Engagement Coordinator for an Early Head Start Home Visitation program in South Central Los Angeles. Lali is completing her graduate degree in Educational Psychology at Pepperdine University. She wants to help close the achievement gap by supporting early intervention programs that support and educate families on the importance of school readiness and social skills.

LGBT Coordinator - Lisa

received her Bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis in political science. In the years following she attended the University of San Francisco School of Law where she earned a Juris Doctor degree. Noticing the inequity of higher education opportunities for students of color and those from low socio-economic strata, Lisa pursued a Master's degree in Education at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University to further examine this issue in depth. While there, Lisa developed an in-depth research project on High Stakes Testing and Institutional Discrimination, which she continues to develop and pursue and present to the educational community today.

Membership Coordinator - Weina Li

Chapter Vice President - Maria Morales is a third generation Korean immigrant who was born in Northeast China. Mandarin is her native language. She is currently working on her second Master's degree in Educational Psychology at Pepperdine University. Weina got her Bachelor's degree (Economics) in China and the first Master's degree (Management) in England and worked in a human resource company before she came into the educational field. Weina likes language teaching taught Chinese at the Children's Creative Learning Center (CCLC – UPC). Currently, she is a Sunday school teacher for 4th-6th grader through her church in West LA. Meanwhile, she volunteers at School on Wheels in LA's Skid Row Learning Center and tutors homeless children. Weina wants use her linguistic and cultural background to contribute to CABE of Pepperdine and network with others that are as passionate as she is on these issues.



Contact Information:

Reyna G. García Ramos, Ph. D.
Professor of Education
Pepperdine University
Graduate School of Education and Psychology
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-1590
Voicemail: 310-568-2306

Christopher Arellano Chapter President
Phone: 323-819-0748

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Upcoming Events 2014
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CABE Teachership Award

The CABE Teachership Program is an endowment fund established by CABE to award $2,000 scholarships to college or university students seeking a career in pursuing their bilingual teaching credential. Each CABE chapter, region representative or individual nominator (must be a current CABE member) has the opportunity to nominate individuals for a teachership award.  Nominee applications are reviewed by the Regional Representative(s) of the CABE Board. The Region Representative(s) forms a committee to review all nominees from their region and then selects up to two (2) winners to be that region’s teachership recipients. Teachership award(s) are presented during the Annual CABE conference. CABE Teachership Awards.

Pepperdine CABE will be sending nominations to CABE Headquarters at the end of November.  Contact Dr. Garcia Ramos at or 310-568-2306 if you seek to be nominated or need additional information.

Chapter Meeting Schedule for 2010 - 2011 Academic Year

Chapter meetings for the 2010 - 2011 academic year are scheduled for Thursdays at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. Please see flyer below for a list of topics and meeting schedules.

Schedule of Meetings 2010-2011

CABE Celebrates a Busy Season (Summer 2010)

Dr. Reyna Garcia Ramos, professor of education and faculty advisor of the GSEP chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), was elected as the American Educational Research Association’s (AERA) Family-School-Community-Partnership (FSCP) Special Interest Group (SIG) Secretary-Treasurer. Her term will begin at the 2011 AERA annual meeting and continue for two years.

“This is an exciting opportunity that fits directly into the work I am carrying out with families and students through the After-School Enrichment Program at Animo Leadership Charter High School,” said Garcia Ramos. For the last five years, student-teachers from the master of arts in education with teaching credential (MAETC) and Urban Fellows programs at GSEP have guided the high school students toward successful college careers. GSEP’s relationship with Animo has been cultivated by Garcia Ramos, who has worked to establish university-school partnerships that allow future teachers extensive learning experiences with the English learner youth in our communities. As an extension of this collaboration, GSEP students brought 50 Animo students to the Pepperdine University Malibu Campus on March 15 to get the “feel” of college. This is the fourth year Garcia Ramos has led this initiative.

Following that event, the CABE chapter sent two of its officers; vice president Daniel Alfaro, alumnus of the MAETC program; and secretary Luis A. Rodriguez, alumnus of the master of arts in education (MAE) program, to Advocacy Day at the state capitol on April 14. The trip was made possible by a partnership between the national CABE organization and the National Council of La Raza.

Advocacy Day is an opportunity to meet and lobby California legislators on issues related to effective schools and the educational of English learners across the state. Both Alfaro and Rodriguez are secondary school teachers in local schools, and were visiting Sacramento for the first time.

On April 20 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, CABE hosted guest speaker Linda Guthrie, former secondary vice president of the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) and trainer for the Governor’s Institute, at its chapter meeting. Guthrie taught in New York City for a year and was a history professor at North Carolina Central University before coming to teach at the prestigious Sacred Heart Academy for Girls in La Canada-Flintridge. While teaching for 25 years at Virgil Middle School, she was the UTLA Chapter Chair and chair of the English & ESL Department. She is member of the team that developed the English as a Second Language (ESL) Course of Study.

Students closed the semester with an end-of-year social on June 26 at El Mercado De Los Angeles, a historic restaurant in the city. Attendees enjoyed great food and mariachi music in celebration of the year’s efforts to ensure that all children have access to quality educational experiences.

CABE Hosts Chapter Meeting on Unions (Spring 2010)

On April 20, CABE held its most recent chapter meeting at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. We were pleased to host guest speaker Linda Guthrie, former secondary vice president of UTLA and tainer for the Governor's Institute. Guthrie taught in New York City for a year and was a history professor at North Carolina Central University before coming to teach at the prestigious Sacred Heart Academy for Girls in La Canada-Flintridge. While teaching for 25 years at Virgil Middle School, she was the UTLA Chapter Chair and chair of the English & ESL Department. She is member of the team that developed the English as a Second Language (ESL) Course of Study. Guthrie obtained National Board Certification in English as a New Language for Young Adults and is a facilitator. Her book donations to Allesandro Elementary School Library later resulted in the naming of the library in her honor.

Alumni Office Awards Third Annual CABE Visionary Award (Spring 2010)

The GSEP Alumni Office hosted the third annual reception for the presentation of the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Visionary Award on March 11 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. This year’s recipient wasOmar Guillen (MS ’07), alumnus of the master of science in administration and preliminary services credential program, who serves the Anaheim City School District as a parent involvement specialist in curriculum and instruction.

The CABE Visionary Award is given to an alumnus who has exemplified and advanced the CABE mission of promoting bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. The reception was attended by students, alumni, faculty, staff, CABE representatives, and friends of Pepperdine, and coincided with the 35th Annual CABE Conference at the San Jose Convention Center. This year’s theme was “Celebrating 35 Years of Promoting Best Practices for English Learners.”

As a part of his position with the Anaheim City School District, Guillen oversees the District Advisory Committee/District English Learner Advisory Committee (DAC/DELAC), which includes multilingual parents, administrators, and interested community members. Attendance for the monthly meetings has increased nearly 100 percent under his leadership. In addition, Guillen is a part of the Family Involvement Network at the Orange County Department of Education, for which he has presented on increasing parental involvement at schools and welcoming non- or limited-English speaking parents to schools. Guillen is also part of the Dual Language Immersion Program within the district, and the training team for the School Site Council, which instructs teachers, parents, and administrators in English and Spanish.

CABE Group Photo

New CABE Officers Installed (Spring 2010)

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) installed new officers on January 22 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus.

CABE Chapter Installs New Officers, Participates in Annual Conference, and Plans Upcoming Presentation on Inspiration (Spring 2009)

The Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) chapter of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) installed new officers on January 27 at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus. The new officers are GSEP alumni Jeneffer Osorio, vice president; Mireya Garcia, secretary; and Gloria Gasca, treasurer. The new officers join GSEP alumnus Edgar Angulo, who is currently serving the second year of his term as president. Dr. Maria Quezada, chief executive officer of CABE, swore in the new officers and addressed the chapter and its members. Also on hand were Dr. Eric Hamilton, associate dean of education at GSEP, and Dr. García Ramos, associate professor of education and faculty advisor to the chapter at GSEP.

In February the chapter worked with the GSEP Office of Alumni Relations to coordinate the second annual GSEP CABE Visionary Award reception, held on February 26 at the Westin Hotel in Long Beach. The award recognizes an alum whose work in the field of education embodies the mission shared by GSEP and CABE, to advance bilingual education and provide quality educational experiences for all students. This year the award was given to Bertha Benavides, a student in the Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Credential (MAETC) program at the Irvine Graduate Campus. Benavides worked as an outreach coordinator for Washington Elementary School, consistently going above and beyond her duties to ensure that the students' parents were informed and active in the schooling of their children. All of the parents with whom Benavides works are Latino, and many are immigrants and English-language learners. Thus, while not a bilingual teacher, Benavides has ensured that she incorporates her students' native language and culture into her classroom lessons. Benavides also taught the Second Language Development Courses as an adjunct professor of Education at GSEP.

The reception coincided with the 2009 annual CABE conference at the Long Beach Convention Center from February 25-28. Garcia Ramos, Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy student Khoa Ngo, and MAETC adjunct faculty member Dr. Eva Valle presented a workshop entitled "Creating Common Ground: Teaching for Social Justice and Empowering Students to Find their Own Voice and Self-Identity." This was a culmination of work that grew out of a partnership between GSEP's teacher education program and Animo Leadership Charter High School. The presentation highlighted the impact that the partnership has had on the students of Animo Leadership. In addition, García Ramos conducted a workshop for educators and administrators entitled "Constructing New Futures through a Project Based Learning (PBL) Approach."  The workshop was intended to help educators walk through the steps needed to introduce and engage learners, especially English language learners, though a PBL approach.

GSEP assistant professor of education Dr. Anthony Collatos and co-teacher Mary Johnson also presented at the conference, in collaboration with Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Credential alumna Mireya Garcia. Their presentation, entitled "New Models of Authentic Parent Engagement" featured the GSEP Urban Parent Teacher Education Collaborative (UPTEC), directed by Collatos and designed to encourage parents and community members to become teacher educators. The presentation also highlighted Johnson's 21st Century Urban Parent Recasting Model for parent involvement, recently adopted by the Los Angeles Unified School District and currently under consideration by the California Department of Education as a model program. "Each year we present at CABE, I am impressed by the amazing number of individuals eager to hear how we can better empower parents and encourage schools to include parents and community members as critical stakeholders," said Collatos.

Jordan Gonzalez, a current MAETC and UPTEC student shared, "It was impressive to see how others react to the same professors we get to work with every week. Leaders from around the state are interested in the work we are doing in UPTEC." Lucia Perez Barrow, a family and community engagement coordinator for the San Francisco Unified School District, expressed appreciation by stating, "These are exactly the type of programs we need to help parents and educators realize we need each other to make a difference in our schools." Collatos, Johnson, and five of the current UPTEC students will present a similar panel at the American Research Association Annual Meeting in April.

The Pepperdine CABE chapter also organized a presentation to demonstrate how teachers can connect with students and their communities. Attendees learned how LAUSD Central High School/Tri-C infuses community resources to strengthen lives and inspire success. "TOGETHER: Imagine, Inspire, Illuminate!" took place at Pepperdine's West Los Angeles Campus on March 25. Guest speakers included Ronda Dixon, Esq. and Calvert Sims, executive director and counselor respectively of Dixon Recovery Institute, Inc. The evening will also included food, raffles, and networking opportunities.

Dr. Reyna Garcia Ramos and Students

Dr. Reyna Garcia Ramos, Maria Valle, and Khoa Ngo

New CABE Officers

New CABE officers

CABE Chapter Enjoys a Busy Season (Fall 2008)

The California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) and its Pepperdine University Chapter are actively promoting the development of bilingual educators with several events this season.

CABE held its 2008 annual gala benefit dinner on October 4 in Long Beach. Ms. Soccoro Cruz, anchorwoman from Noticias 62, was the master of ceremonies for the evening. Dr. Reyna Garcia Ramos, professor of education at the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP), was the chair for the silent auction that raises money for the teachership fund. The fund annually awards scholarships to students in teacher education programs that seek to become bilingual educators in California's K-12 public school system. This year's recipients included GSEP Master of Arts in Education with Teaching Credential student Jeneffer Osorio and alumna Mireya Garcia. Both will receive a $2,000 teachership toward completing the bilingual certification process.

Garcia Ramos and the officers of the Pepperdine University CABE Chapter also presented at the annual conference of the Association of Mexican American Educators from October 17-18 in Los Angeles, California. Garcia Ramos and Edgar Angulo (MAETC alumnus), Gloria Gasca (MAETC alumna), Mireya Garcia and Jeneffer Osorio discussed "Día de los Muertos: Culture, Language and Art" to help educators, administrators and parents acknowledge students' cultural traditions and infuse those themes into the classroom as a way to validate students home language and motivate students in schools.

The Pepperdine University CABE Chapter held its first meeting of the 2008-2009 academic year on October 22 at the Pepperdine University West Los Angeles graduate campus. The gathering included meeting new members and learning techniques for infusing cultural themes into the classroom experience. 

CABE Award Winners

Award winners Jeneffer Osorio and Mireya Garcia

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