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 5th 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.
Who can apply?
Educators who have accomplished outstanding goals with marginalized students and/or young scholars that come from marginalized backgrounds and have accomplished outstanding goals in their carriers are eligible to apply for this award.
Deadline to apply: July 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm CST
The Award will be presented at the Closing Ceremony on Saturday, October 10, 2020. The recipient must be in attendance in order to receive the award.
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. Photo courtesy by the Alvarez family.
Congratulations to last year's Dr. Miguel Alvarez Research Award recipient!
Mr. Sepulveda is an experienced teacher-trainer, educational consultant and administrator, with a strong background in second language teaching, linguistics, and research. He has worked as an ESL/EFL/Bilingual/Spanish teacher. He is the former director of Teaching & Learning at the Technological University of Chile, where he was able to develop programs for over 10.000 students of a marginalized background, improving achievement and graduation rates.
Mr. Sepulveda holds an M.A. in Applied Linguistics and an M.Ed. in Bilingual Education from Texas Tech University. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in Spanish Linguistics in the Department of Classical & Modern Languages and Literature where he also teaches undergraduate courses.
Also, he is a coach for the professional development online course Thinking and Learning in the Maker-Centered Classroom from Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research interests include international mindedness, 21st-century teaching frameworks, participatory creativity, maker-centered learning, critical pedagogy, and intercultural competence. Yerko has presented his work in Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, England, and the United States.