Center Events: Speaker Series
Dr. Miguel A. Guajardo (Texas State
Dr. Francisco Guajardo
(University of Texas Pan American)
Building Identity and Leadership through Teaching
December 1, 2006
This conversation will focus on the work of the Llano
Grande Center in rural South Texas. The center engages public school
youth through a curriculum focused on community based research, civic
engagement, and social change. They will also share strategies for
faculty to engage in research, teaching and service that are
transformational and responsive to local community needs.
Francisco Guajardo is Assistant Professor in the
Department of Educational Leadership in the College of Education at the
University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), and also directs the nonprofit
Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, a group dedicated to
the development of public school teachers, administrators, and youth
leaders. He previously taught for 12 years in a rural high school along
the Texas Mexican border.
At UTPA, Francisco teaches courses on curriculum
development, instructional strategies, and socio cultural contexts of
education and has published on the impact of race and ethnicity on
public schools, curriculum formation, and instructional leadership. His
passions and academic interests in transnational issues, border
development, and rural education have led him to participate in national
and international work. He has been involved with a host of rural and
international organizations and conferences to that end including the
Center for Rural Strategies, World Indigenous People’s Conference, and
is a Fellow with the Kellogg Foundation’s 2006-2011 national initiative,
Rural People, Rural Policy.
For his public school teaching, Francisco received a
“Heroes Among Us” award in November 2003 by People magazine; was named
Southwest Region Teacher of the Year by Time Magazine for Kids in 2001;
and was honored as finalist for National Teacher of the Year by Hispanic
Magazine in 1998. His pedagogical practices have also been featured in
Parade magazine, People, People en Espaņol, the NBC Nightly News, CNN,
Southern Living, and numerous other media outlets.
Miguel A. Guajardo is an Assistant Professor in the
Education and Community Leadership Program at Texas State University-San
Marcos and co-founder of the Llano Grande Center for Research and
Development. He also serves as the co-chairman of the board of directors
of the Llano Grande Center.
His research interests include issues of community
building, community youth development, organic leadership development,
race and ethnicity, the change process, and university and community
partnerships. He was a Fellow with the Kellogg International Leadership
Program and the Salzburg Seminar.
Dr. Guajardo's work has been informed by the local
ecology and the values of fairness, good work, and democracy. He has
traveled to five continents and has engaged in conversation with
indigenous leaders, teachers, and citizens on issues of education,
development, citizenship, and identity.
For those interested in reading their work, we
Impact of Brown on the Brown of South Texas: A micropolitical
perspective on the education of Mexican Americans in a South Texas
community.” American Educational Research Journal. Fall 2004, 41(3),