Don't let outsiders shape border's story

November 5, 2019

From the camps in Tornillo that housed thousands to the mass shooting Aug. 3 that left 22 dead and dozens injured in a racist attack. 


Journalists and storytellers from around the nation have amassed in our area to cover the recent events that have made our community the center of so many of the world’s issues. 


They have described our culture, our communities and our geography. 


While many attempts have been admirable, they cannot ever capture what it truly means to be a fronterizo.


The Border Learning Conference is our opportunity to tell our own stories.


It is time we take back our narrative and use our voices to describe our own struggles, celebrate our accomplishments and honor our culture and community as staff members, educators and administrators. 


The Border Learning Conference discusses topics specific to those who work in leadership and education on the line between the U.S. and Mexico, where the border is more than exotic tales and distant tragedies.


Instead, the conference elevates the voices of those who educate and serve the U.S. – Mexico border community. 
It allows the world to hear from those who live, love and laugh on the U.S. – Mexico border. We are the experts.


The Border Learning Conference Steering Committee invites you to submit a proposal and tell your story at the conference that informs leadership in education on the border.


The border has been dispossessed of its story.
Take back the narrative.Submit proposals at The deadline for proposals is Friday, Nov. 8. 


If your proposal is accepted by the comittee, you will be notified via email by Dec. 15, 2019. 
The Border Learning Conference, now in its 19th year, will be taking place on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at the Wyndham El Paso Airport Hotel. 


Committed to be the conference that informs leadership in education on the border, the Border Learning Conference has served as a program of practical teaching demonstrations, presentations, round table discussions and forums that address issues of learning along the border. 


Professional educators, staff, and administrators involved with teaching and learning along the border bring their concerns and expertise to this dynamic program.


This year’s conference theme is “Perfecting our vision for the future.” 


If you register for the conference before Jan. 31, 2020, you will receive a registration discount, allowing you to register for the entire conference (including the Crossing Borders award luncheon, and all breakout sessions) for $90. 


For more information please visit or contact Crystal Robert at; (915)831-2677.

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