Dr. Miguel Alvarez, a doctoral graduate from the Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies at UTSA, dedicated his life to educational equity. His dissertation, entitled “The Role of Language in Students’ Reading Trajectory: Exploring a Summer Reading Enrichment Program,” is an example of action research designed to improve the quality of education for language minority students, especially in the area of literacy. Alvarez was hooded at a special ceremony in September 2015. Sadly, he passed away on November 25, 2015. He was buried with full military honors. A personal essay of his was published posthumously and can be read here: http://amaejournal.utsa.edu/index.php/amae/article/view/287/223
Pictured above are Miguel with his wife, Aracely, and two sons, Miguel Alejandro and Andre.
In honor of Dr. Miguel Alvarez' dedication to the research and education of culturally and linguistically diverse students, the TexLER Committee is proud to be offering the 2nd
Dr. Miguel Alvarez Research Award to one graduate student whose TexLER presentation topic embodies Miguel's innovation and drive to progress equity for all students. This award represents the Committee's choice for best graduate student presentation that shows the same dedication to equity that Dr. Miguel Alvarez did.
The Award will be presented at the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, February 18, 2017. The recipient must be in attendance in order to receive the award.
Congratulations to the 2017 Dr. Miguel Alvarez' Research Award!
"Winning the Dr. Miguel Alvarez Research Award is truly an honor that comes with commitment to continue the research for better practices and equity in bilingual education. My research focuses on equality for our bilingual students by incorporating diversity and culture in their education."
Blanca Infante is a graduate student in the Bilingual-Bicultural Studies program at UTSA. She has been teaching bilingual education for six years. Being originally from Mexico, she understands the struggles of emergent bilinguals. She would like to continue doing research for best practices for our bilingual students. Eventually, she would like to pursue my Ph. D and develop curriculum that fits ELLs' needs by incorporating culture and native language in the classroom.