Rossana Ramirez Boyd, director of UNT's Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification program and senior lecturer in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration, has been elected president of the National Association for Bilingual Education. Boyd will serve in the position for one year.
"Dr. Rossana Boyd is a leader in bilingual education at UNT, in Texas and nationally," says Jerry Thomas, dean of the College of Education. "Her election to this office reflects the quality of her work and the high esteem in which she is held by her peers. We are fortunate to have her leadership here at UNT."
In her role as president of NABE, Boyd will oversee the organization, work with policymakers in Washington, D.C., and serve as an association representative at various national events, including the NABE Conference that will be held in Dallas Feb. 15-17, 2012 at the Hilton Anatole.
"I have been dedicated to the National Association for Bilingual Education for 16 years, and now I get to lead the organization in its future, making changes, and advocating for support of bilingual education," Boyd says. "More than six million children in the U.S. need bilingual or ESL education, and I am proud to be a part of an organization working to help these students and the profession."
The National Association for Bilingual Education represents both English language learners and bilingual education professionals. NABE supports thousands of bilingual and ESL teachers, administrators, professors, students, researchers, advocates, policymakers, and parents. NABE works to provide professional development, partnerships with civil rights organizations, and advocacy for bilingual education policy and initiatives.
Leslie Wimmer with UNT News Service can be reached at Leslie.Wimmer@unt.edu.