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Lecture Discusses Latin Education Crisis

Among the struggles in the world, there is a growing Latin Education Crisis. To address this problem, the Intercultural Affairs Office and the Latin American Organization will welcome Annalisa Allegro, coordinator for the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development at BOCES Monroe County, as the 2009 Anita Canizares Lecturer at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 6 in the Sanford Room.

In her role at BOCES, Allegro plans, develops and delivers state and regional staff development and technical assistance activities for an 88 district region that includes urban, suburban and rural school districts. Additionally, she develops and manages a state-funded budget.

Allegro began her path to professional success as an adult ESL teacher in D.C. After that position, she became the English-dominant teacher at Oyster Dual Language School in D.C. Public Schools, teaching first, third and fourth grades. “It has been one of the most successful models of dual language programs in the country,” Allegro said of her time at Oyster. “This was the pivotal job in my career.”

Years later, Allegro took a position as resource specialist at the National Clearinghouse for Bilingual Education and then spent a few years at the New Jersey Department of Education in the Office of Bilingual Education.

As an active change agent, Allegro is currently a member of the National Association for Bilingual Education, Phi Delta Kappa, the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, the National Council of Teachers of English and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Allegro earned her M.A. in Bilingual Education from American University and a B.A. in Spanish and secondary education from SUNY Oswego. She has also participated in the Latin American Area Studies Graduate Program at Georgetown University. As an undergraduate, Allegro studied in an exchange program at the Universidad de Puerto Rico.