Professional Development: Education


Organizational Roundtable



Education Equity Luncheon



2019 LULAC Florida's Awards Dinner Gala



LULAC Members



2019 LULAC Florida Convention Agenda

2019 LULAC Florida Agenda-pdf (pdf)




Inspiring Innovation and Advancing Equity ¡Con Ganas!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Organizational Roundtable

Open to the Public

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Opening Reception Immediately Following

Open to the Public

Professional Development: Education

9:00am – 3:00pm

Sarasota and Manatee School District Leadership

Registration Required

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

All sessions free and open to the public

Registration Required

Education Equity Luncheon (Ticketed Event)

Keynote Speaker: Jose Viana

US Department of Education, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Office of English Language Acquisition

11:30 – 1:30pm

LULAC Florida’s Legislative Awards Dinner Gala (Ticketed Event)

Concurrent Sessions:

Future Leaders Academy: Getting our kids into college 

Luz Corcuera, Unidos Now

The Coral Way Experiment - The country’s first dual language two-way immersion school 

Dr. María Coady, University of Florida

The new wave of Florida’s ELLs: Puerto Rico’s hurricane survivors

Aurelio Montemayor, Senior Education Specialist, Intercultural Development Research Assoc.

Parity, Authenticity and Agency: Three Keys to Dual Language Program Success

Mario Palma, VP of Multilingual Teaching and Learning, American Reading Company

Climate Change, Disaster Resilience and Communities at Risk

David Sinclair, Chair, LULAC Florida Climate Change and Environmental Issues

Dr. Antonio Tovar, Executive Director, Farmworkers Association of Florida

Gonzalo Valdes, Sierra Club, Beyond Coal Campaign

Beyond Communication: Bilingualism, cognition and executive function

Dr. Sara Smith, University of South Florida

Inspiring younger generations to lead

Dr. Karla Cantu, LULAC Florida Deputy State Director for Youth

Child Left Behind: Florida’s growing ELL crisis and how to fix it

Dr. Ryan Pointier, Florida International University

A Model to Replicate: Broward County Dual Language Program Outcomes

Idalina Orta and Sonia Rodriguez, Program Specialists

Students living in fear: The very real threat of deportation

César Moreno Perez, Associate Director, AFT’s Human Rights and Community Relations 

Drafting Change for Legislative Action – Got a Resolution?

Dr. Rosa Castro-Feinberg, Chair, LULAC Florida Media and Government Relations

Fair Food Program: Overcoming Labor and Sexual Exploitation in America’s Farms

Coalition for Immokalee Workers Panel Presentation

Project Stellar: Supporting Teachers of ELL Across Rural Settings

Dr. María Coady, University of Florida


Florida Public Education Advocacy: Why We Need to Fight 

Presenters: Kathleen Oropeza, Founder, Fund Education Now; and 

Mari Corugedo, LULAC Florida State Director

Sunday, May 5, 2019


Friday, May 3, 2019

Professional organization leaders, policy makers, and community advocates from across our state who have collaborated on our 2019 convention’s innovation and equity agenda come together to discuss their work and engage each other around key issues that advance equity within our Latino community. This is the ultimate networking opportunity where we hear directly from the powerbrokers and share insight of crossover work that aligns with the mission of LULAC Florida.

The purpose of the Organizational Roundtable is to advance equitable implementation of solutions that impact the well-being of the Latino community along education, economics/jobs, the environment, and civil rights. This forum seeks to increase awareness among participants, audience members and the media so that individuals, families and community leaders can make informed decisions on key issues.

Participants and members of the public will learn how to support state and local policies that decrease the barriers so many people living among us and serving our community face daily.

In years past, committees, councils and even new initiatives have grown from the work taking place at LULAC’s organizational roundtables and community forums across the country.

The Organizational Roundtable is open to the public and is followed by the Opening Reception.

Founded in 1929, LULAC is celebrating 90 years of service, and true to its first leaders, our main purpose remains: “To constitute the League into a service organization to actively promote and foster suitable measures for the attainment of the highest of our American society, and to establish cooperative relations with civic and governmental institutions and agencies in the field of public service.” 

The League of United Latin American Citizens, the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the country, advances the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of Hispanic Americans through community-based programs operating through 1,000 LULAC councils nationwide. 

Learn More

For information about the 2019 LULAC Florida Convention or the Organizational Roundtable, please contact LULAC Florida  at  or 305-387-0737 

Reserve your free ticket today.


Friday, May 3, 2019

Mari Corugedo, LULAC Florida State Director, is pleased to announce that this year we have partnered with the Intercultural Development Research Association Equity Assistance Center-South to introduce a professional development opportunity specifically tailored to serving the needs of English Language Learners in Florida. 

English Language Learners are the fastest growing student subgroup in Florida, and their success in school not only determines their life long path, but also the school and district grades, which in turn have atremendous impact on the economic viability of communities at all levels, from housing to business.

The workshop will be from 9:00 – 3:00 with 6 contact hours of professional development.

All objectives will be met with participatory hands-on activities, involving critical dialogue among participants. The session will provide additional online resources and connection to an online community-of-practice.

The session will have as its main objectives:

To experience effective instruction of English Learners

  • Selected hands-on key activities to illustrate effective EL instruction

To examine Culturally Relevant Activities

  • What is culture? How is culture an integral part of how we teach and how the students learn, are engaged and their self-concept is strengthened?
  • What are examples of effective integration of culturally-appropriate activities in the classroom?

Authentic Engagement of Latino Families in Education 

  • Family’s hopes and dreams for the education of their children.
  • Authentic communication with and engagement of Latino families to support the education of their children

The session will be led by José A. Velazquez, M. Ed., education associate at IDRA with over 30 years of experience as a PK-12 bilingual/ESL classroom teacher, high school principal and consultant. Using his experience and expertise with implementation of best practices for bilingual Education/ESL and parent engagement, he has provided professional development and technical assistance to schools across the nation in rural and urban contexts. 

The session will focus on meeting the linguistic, cognitive and affective needs of English learners to support their academic success. The objectives will serve as a foundation to learn how to facilitate student, parent and family engagement in order to strengthen capacity for self-advocacy leadership skills as well as home support to ensure optimal academic outcomes. 

Registration Information

May 3, 2019

9:00am – 3:00pm

When registering, please include your name, occupation, school, phone, and address.


Saturday, May 4th, 2019

Keynote Speaker: José Viana, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Director of Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), US Department of Education

Mr. José Viana is the principal adviser to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos on all matters related to the education of English Language Learners (ELLs), now estimated to be about 10 percent of the total k-12 public school enrollment nationwide. 

A second-generation Cuban immigrant, Mr. Viana started his primary years as an English language learner, and has devoted his life to improving educational opportunities for minority populations. He began his career in Miami-Dade County Public Schools as an elementary school teacher for English Language Learners, moving on to numerous educational and administrative positions where he worked with migrant populations, universities, and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

As head of OELA, Mr. Viana supports the goal to provide national leadership in ELL education by advancing opportunities for educational excellence and equity for English Language Learners and their families. Mr. Viana will speak to us about the DOE’s initiatives and various programs that deliver high-quality instruction for linguistically and culturally diverse students. 

His message to Florida comes as Sarasota County Schools approves the first fully bilingual school in our state’s Suncoast, a model LULAC hopes school districts across the state will implement since it has been proven to consistently close the achievement gap of at-risk students across the country’s most successful public schools. 

Dual language immersion programs bring educational equity to all children, as monolingual English speakers are immersed in a second language from an early age, which not only gives the child the incredible advantage of bilingualism, but also enhances cross-cultural competence and better relationships within the communities where many Title 1 schools are situated.

This year, LULAC celebrates 90 years of service to communities across our country. From its foundation, one of our main purposes has been:

“To foster the learning and fluent use of the English language so that we may thereby equip ourselves and our families for the fullest enjoyment of our rights and privileges and the efficient discharge of our duties and responsibilities to our country, at the same time, it is important to exert equal effort to foster the fluent mastery of the Spanish language, which is part of our heritage and a means of extending the cultural horizons of our nation.” 

Help us welcome Mr. José Viana, who along with his wife, Aimee Viana, have deep roots in Florida and are both representing our voice well in the highest corridors of the federal government.

José Viana

José Viana



Saturday, May 4th, 2019

The LULAC Florida Legislative Awards Dinner Gala recognizes key leaders who have worked on issues or introduced legislation that addressed issues impacting the priorities set forth in our LULAC council charters. LULAC leaders work tirelessly throughout the year with many legislators and government officials to advocate for solutions to education, civil rights, economic and social issues.

On May 4th, 2019, during our State Convention in Sarasota, Florida, LULAC Florida will present awards to three distinguished elected officials and key council members from across the state.

This year LULAC celebrates 90 years of service, having grown from the coming together of various groups of civic leaders across Texas that sought to work collaboratively to solve large problems affecting the Latino population. Today we have over 1,000 councils that continue to honor LULAC’s humble beginnings with the original motto selected by the founders: “One for all and all for one”.



Sunday, May 5, 2019

LULAC Florida celebrates its 40thyear as we come together for our annual meeting at the innovative Art Ovation Hotel, in downtown Sarasota, Florida. 

The convention is hosted by our newest council, LULAC Sarasota, which has already made headlines by supporting and helping launch the Dreamers Academy, the first Spanish immersion dual language public charter school in Florida’s Suncoast.

On Sunday May 5th, council members from across the state will host our LULAC Florida annual meeting, where we will elect officers and delegates, reinstate existing committees and create new ones, and adopt the guidelines and priorities that will guide our work for the following year.

Join us as we build on the legacy of so many who came before, and forge the way for the next 90 years of service to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, housing and civil rights of the Hispanic population in the United States. 

Registration Information

May 5, 2019

8:30am - 11:30am

When registering, please include your name, title, phone, and address.

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