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Elementary and Primary Education
Harris County Department of Education
News Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

26th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference keynote address
promotes early childhood practices that deter bullying

90-plus networking sessions include best practices in ESL, early math and reading to attract educators statewide

Early childhood educators network and gain best practices at the 26th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference on Jan. 28.  Over 90 breakout sessions cover areas of interest ranging from bilingual education to early childhood math, reading, science and fine arts. Sponsored by Harris County Department of Education, the conference traditionally attracts over 1,500 educators annually.

The conference features free parking at a inner-city venue centrally located at 6011 W. Orem at the Kingdom Builders’ Center, located one block off of S. Post Oak with nearby access to Loop 610 and Beltway 8.

Keynote speaker is Becky Bailey, award-winning author and childhood education/developmental psychology expert.  Bailey’s address is titled:  “Hitting, Pushing and Name-calling: Bully-proofing your Class or School.”  Bilingual keynote speaker is Patricia Morales, bilingual specialist for Harris County Department of Education.  Her session is called “Bicultural and Bilingual Practices to Promote Bi-literacy: Spanish/English Connections.”

Over 90 breakout sessions focus on best practices in math, reading, science, ESL or bilingual and more. A robust exhibitor section open throughout the day offers numerous early childhood learning materials.

“The conference is a tradition and offers a great chance to network and gain valuable teaching methods and materials for the classroom,” said HCDE early childhood specialist Debra Anderson.

The conference is dedicated to Raymond T. Garcia, former HCDE Board of Trustees president who supported and promoted the conference throughout his tenure as board of trustee and board president from 1994 to 2008.

Walden University sponsors the conference. 

Registration is $100 until Jan. 27, with $125 registration at the door. Parking is free. To register, access “register now,” create a user account and search by conference name or date. For information, call (713) 696-8223.

About HCDE:
Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. We’re HCDE: your education connection! Visit us at

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