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Living and Writing a Migrant's Life

Saturday, March 5
11:20 AM - 12:20 PM

Francisco Jimenez

In my presentation, I will discuss my personal experiences of growing up in a family of migrant farm workers and the challenges I faced in learning English while trying to maintain my native Spanish language. I will explain how these experiences informed my writing and teaching as well as my work during my ten years of service on the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and six years on the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC).
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Francisco Jimenez
Author, The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold

Author and educator, Francisco Jiménez emigrated with his family from Tlaquepaque, Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He has served on various professional boards and commissions, including the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (10 years, two as chair), California Council for the Humanities, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC), Santa Clara University Board of Trustees and the Far West Lab for Educational Research and Development.  He is a multi-award winning author and his four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time. 

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