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Latino speaker Richard Santana is keynote at ORATE convention

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Kristy Alberty

The Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) will present their annual conference, “Meaningful Change” on February 26, 2016, at Western Oregon University, Monmouth, Oregon. ORATE is the state affiliate of the national Association of Teacher Educators.

This year’s keynote speaker is Richard Santana. Founder of Homeboy Goes to Harvard Productions, Richard Santana is a third generation gang member who went on to earn a Master’s degree from Harvard University. He said, he strives to demonstrate to students and educators how he accomplished the change that occurred in his life—the change that can occur in anyone’s life.

A once tough-talking Latino gangster, now a college-educated, nationally recognized speaker, Richard Santana’s journey provides an illustration of cultural relevance in schools. His moving accounts of his gang-life experiences and how they shaped his beliefs, attitudes, and self-expectations are considered inspiring, unsettling, and thought-provoking. He challenges his audience to critically assess their own perceptions, and helps them to recognize how these perceptions influence work relationships, effectiveness and productivity. 

More information and registration are available at the ORATE website. Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) represents teacher educators from public and private teacher preparation programs across the state as well as Deans, Directors, and administrators from all levels of education. 

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