The GSEP Alumni Office hosted the third annual reception for the presentation of the California Association of Bilingual Education (CABE) Visionary Award on March 11 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. This year’s recipient was Omar Guillen (MS ’07), alumnus of the master of science in administration and preliminary services credential program, who serves the Anaheim City School District as a parent involvement specialist in curriculum and instruction.
The CABE Visionary Award is given to an alumnus who has exemplified and advanced the CABE mission of promoting bilingual education and quality educational experiences for all students in California. The reception was attended by students, alumni, faculty, staff, CABE representatives, and friends of Pepperdine, and coincided with the 35th Annual CABE Conference at the San Jose Convention Center. This year’s theme was “Celebrating 35 Years of Promoting Best Practices for English Learners.”
As a part of his position with the Anaheim City School District, Guillen oversees the District Advisory Committee/District English Learner Advisory Committee (DAC/DELA C), which includes multilingual parents, administrators, and interested community members. Attendance for the monthly meetings has increased nearly 100 percent under his leadership. In addition, Guillen is a part of the Family Involvement Network at the Orange County Department of Education, for which he has presented on increasing parental involvement at schools and welcoming non- or limited-English speaking parents to schools. Guillen is also part of the Dual Language Immersion Program within the district, and the training team for the School Site Council, which instructs teachers, parents, and administrators in English and Spanish.