Ann Mabbott, English as a Second Language (ESL) educator in the School of Education, organized and delivered a teacher education conference in rural Bolivia. She worked with six other teachers on this project, some of whom also had Hamline connections.
The children of rural Bolivia tend to speak an indigenous language and learn Spanish when they go to school, so the needs of teachers are very similar to those which Dr. Mabbott addresses in Minnesota. The Bolivian teachers expressed a great desire to have the Minnesota teachers return. The great accomplishment, from the perspective of the Minnesota teachers, is that they were able to exchange ideas about teaching strategies and the development of academic language in Spanish.