EL FUEGO NUEVO
News of the Association of Mexican American Educators Inc.
State of California
F A L L I S S U E D E C E M B E R 2 0 0 7
Theme: Service to Community. Quote: “A man wrapped up in himself makes a
AMAE INC. very small bundle.” (Benajamin Franklin)
1630 Van Ness President’s Message
Fresno, CA 93721
Saludos success of AMAE comes from the too busy.” Trust me, we are also
Amigos involvement and commitment of busy. We get involved because
en each and every member on our we see value in having a vital
(559)266-AMAE (2623) AMAE. ranks. organization that gives us all a
For years after AMAE was voice from the Mexican Ameri-
It has founded, members helped AMAE can/Chicano perspective. AMAE
www.amae.org been a grow throughout the state. I think allows us all an opportunity to
real we are regaining that momentum serve our community through our
pleasure once more. With everyone helping, field of strength, education.
and an we will reach the same heights of Personally, I get involved be-
honor to have served AMAE as State the past and surpass them. We cause I believe that prior genera-
President for 2007. Many things have no choice but to commit to tions paved the road for us. Edu-
were accomplished, including the help AMAE grow. The number of cation became more accessible to
revival of the AMAE Journal and the Mexican Americans/Chicanos in many of us because of the hard
initiation of three new AMAE chap- the State of California have grown fought battles we read about in
ters. Many thanks go to all who dramatically. As a result of fast history classes. So, it is only logi-
helped make it happen. I know that growth, we need more support at cal that we should continue the
INSIDE under the new leadership by Antonio all levels in every field. AMAE’s tradition and get involved in fight-
THIS ISSUE: Camacho, many more things will be field of expertise is education, and ing the battles that need to be
accomplished in 2008. that is the field that we choose to fought to insure that future gen-
Update on 2 I would like to encourage the en- confront the challenges that that erations of Mexican American/
Resolutions tire AMAE membership to step up to continue to suppress our people. Chicano students have access to
the plate of leadership, at the execu- The excuse often stated of why quality education at all levels. It
2008 Resolu- 2 tive level or committees, and help members do not get involved in is our turn now to give back. Si
tions revitalize the local chapters. The AMAE activities is because “I’m se puede!
State Con- 2
ference Message from the Incoming President
Welcome 2 Before I make any statement, I want to take this moment to thank Jairo Sanchez, for a job well done. As the out
Sta. Maria! going 2007 AMAE State President, Jairo's dedication and commitment to the spirit of AMAE is evident in his
work. He has awakened in me the “ganas” to continue engaging in the struggle of assuring that the rights of our
Letter from 3 children, parents, and community are addressed. As the new political horizon approaches us, it is evident that
we as Latinos, Hispanics, and Chicanos need to find our voices and raise them above the storm that is about to
over take us. We need to take the time to educate our young professionals of the importance of becoming in-
Call for 2008 3 volved in the “lucha.” They seem to have forgotten or have never been told of the blood, sweat, and tears it took
so they, our children, could take their rightful place in society. ¿Si no ellos, quién? The rest of us will soon be
Feliz 4 “viejos” and retired.
I challenge all of you to bring in and mentor a new young member so that your chapters can thrive and continue
AMAE 2008 its work. When we talk of the work, I sit and wonder why we continue to do it, and why we have remained in-
volved. It came to me. We do it because of our sons and daughters. It is as simple as that. We need your help.
Get your chapter's calendar for 2008, mark those important dates, and make a commitment. You make the dif-
ference. All it takes is some of your time, thoughts, and commitment.
Juntos hacemos el trabajo. Antonio José Camacho
2007 AMAE Conference, a Big Success!
Update on 2007
For 2008, as Antonio has announced,
Resolutions If there is anything that
the conference will be in the Los
needs to be addressed about
the AMAE state conference Angeles area. Place it in your calen-
1. Re-establish the is the commitment of our dar and make every effort to join us.
members to attend. AMAE Your presence and participation
AMAE Journal– makes all the difference in the world.
has to be more than an or-
Done. Pick up your copy ganization that's distant in Borrowing a bit of the quote from
from your chapter’s presi- State AMAE President, Jairo Sanchez our minds. In the local Benjamin Franklin, alone, we may
dent. (front, right) with CTA President, David chapters, members need to make a small bundle, but together
get involved at all levels in we can move and shake the world of
2. Contract a Develop- Sanchez, Joe Nunez, The College Board, the discussion of the im- education.
ment Director-Still Mona Romandia, author, and Hugo Lara, provement of education for
Searching. Superintendent. all Mexican American/ Welcome back!
Chicano students. We have
3. Establish a Cyber
The 2007 AMAE conference in to show pride in who we are Sta. Maria AMAE
Library– Done. Submit Santa Maria was a great success. and be the voice that ad-
Here we grow again! I have the tre-
A big thanks to the Central Coast dresses concerns that are
lessons to the State Presi- mendous pleasure to announce to
AMAE chapter, in particular the affecting our students and
you that at this year’s AMAE State
dent and/or the State Secre-
members of the organizing com- educators at all levels.
conference in Santa Maria, Dana
tary by email. mittee: Dana Valverde, Frankie Does it cost money to at- Valverde and the newly elected
4. Establish the Carmen Curiel, Antonio Camacho and tend the conference? Of board of the revived Santa Maria
Larry Perales. course it does. Money is chapter submitted a request to the
Eoff, Youth Institute
The speakers were of high cali- what makes the world go General Assembly in an open ses-
at the State AMAE ber. David Sanchez, CTA presi- around. Meals need to be sion to be admitted as the newest
dent, Shelly Siegel-Coleman, CT paid, Hotel accommoda- AMAE chapter. The General As-
Conference– Done. tions need to be paid and sembly voted to approve the Santa
executive director, Joe Nunez,
5. Recommend to all Rogelio Flores, Superior Court organizational expenses Maria AMAE chapter as the newest
Judge, were all wonderful speak- need to be paid. Most of AMAE chapter to the AMAE family.
AMAE chapters to our members however are They follow the initiation of Parlier
ers who addressed issues that
establishing a student affect the quality of education of educators who are still prac- and North Central Valley back in
Mexican American/Chicano stu- ticing as educators, so they January. All together, we initiated
position on the local can insist in getting their three AMAE chapters in 2007.
dents in different arenas.
Executive Board– school site and/or district to
Also the students’ presentation support them with all or Many thanks go to Dana Valverde
Done. by the local, elementary school part of their expenses. The for all her efforts to revive the Santa
was very warm and wonderful AMAE conference is part Maria chapter. The top leadership
Resolutions for 2008 for the opening. The careers of of Professional Growth and for the new, Santa Maria AMAE
many young performers were should be allowed by chapter are Tino Aleman and Jaime
launched on that stage that morn- school sites and school dis- Cuello. They will be co-chairing the
1. Contract Dev. Dir. ing. The group of High School tricts as such. If they do not president post. Bienvenidos her-
(carryover from 2007) students from the East San Jose allow it, then you can still manos.
District and the local district claim it as a tax deduction
2. AMAE endorses Proposi-
were very positive and very en- because it is Professional
tion 92 ergizing to the whole conference. growth in the field of edu-
3. Permanently Establish The student strand to the AMAE cation. Also, individual
conference is here to stay, par- chapters can commit some
Las Tocayas Youth Insti- ticularly since the GA adopted a funds to send some of their
tute at the AMAE State resolution to keep the student members, at least their lead-
conference. strand as a permanent addition to ership. Let’s make it a pri-
the state conference and keep the ority to have every chapter
4. Support CTA in the name “Las Tocayas….,” which represented at the next State
NCLB version as revised is the “apodo” that Carmen Gon- AMAE conference. The Santa Maria AMAE executives: Jaime
by Miller-Pelosi. zalez and Carmen Eoff liked to Cuello, Dana Valverde and Tino Aleman.
go by in the Porterville area.
FALL ISSUE PAGE 3
Encouraging words from one of our Scholars
Throughout the years, AMAE Scholarship from the Central Coast AMAE chapter….
(through efforts of individual “...AMAE helped me be-
chapters) has helped a great “I wanted to thank AMAE for their support in the early
number of students to launch lieve that I could years of my academic development. While the scholarship
their college careers with aca- was important at the time, upon reflection it was the knowl-
demic scholarships. Many of achieve these goals.” edge that there were people wanting me to succeed that
the students continue on finish- made the difference. I am following my dreams of teaching
ing their college education and at the university level and working as a consultant for the
move on to successful careers. Que Viva El Fuego Nuevo! U.N. because teachers and organizations like AMAE helped
me believe that I could achieve these goals. Without this
Recently, we received an email help I would not be where I am today.
from one of those students who
has successfully completed his scholarship from the Central Though this is only a small token of appreciation, I hope it
Bachelor’s, his Masters and is Coast AMAE chapter. What reminds you of the good work that you are doing. And,
working on his Ph. D. We, the follows is a somewhat edited someday, I hope to be part of the next generation of AMAE
entire AMAE organization, cer- version of what he had to say in leaders.
tainly need to hear more success a letter addressed to the entire
stories such as his. AMAE organization.: In gratitude,
The young scholar’s name is Dear AMAE, my name is Ryan Ryan Alaniz.”
Ryan Alaniz and received a Alaniz and I received a
Call for Articles for the 2008 AMAE Journal
The AMAE Journal Editorial Board is inviting all AMAE members and other educators to submit educational
articles, poems, short stories, essays, reviews of current books and thesis/research work that: We revived
1. Address issues to improve the education of Mexican American/Chicano/Latino students. the AMAE
2. Inspire students and educators to achieve more through education.
3. Offer solutions to the academic “achievement gap” and other educational issues that affect Latinos.
Articles must deal with issues from educational, social, political, cultural, or psychological perspectives; the 2007. Get
status of the Mexican American/Chicano/Latino educator in an increasingly diverse society; special programs
and efforts related to the issues and experiences of diversity. your copy of
Manuscripts should be submitted as follows: Journal
1. Submit an electronic (CD) copy of the article in Microsoft Word or email it to from your
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, jflo- local chap-
email@example.com. All illustrations, charts, and graphs should be included on the submitted copy of the article.
CD’s will be returned only if requested and accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. ter Presi-
2. Manuscripts should be no longer than 3000 words, although, if absolutely necessary, longer manuscripts
may be considered at the discretion of the editorial board. Manuscripts may also be submitted in Spanish.
The standard format of the American Psychological Association (APA) should be followed.
Submissions sent by US mail should be sent to the State AMAE office: 1630 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, CA 93721.
Deadline for journal submissions is March 30th, 2008. With submissions, please submit a brief curriculum vitae.
Yes, I am submitting a Essay: __ Poem: __ Short Story: ___ Thesis/Research work: __ Book Reviews: ___ Art: __ Other:__
Name: _______________________ Phone: _________________ Email: __________________________
Feliz Navidad y Feliz A~no Nuevo, 2008! 2008 State AMAE Calendar
De parte de State AMAE les deseamos que pasen una Feliz tempo- 2008 Calendar
rada de Navidad y que el 2008 les traiga mucha alegria, felicidad y (some dates are tentative)
mucho exito! January 26th, Executive Board Mtg., Los Angeles, MALDEF
On behalf of State AMAE we wish you a cheerful Christmas sea-
son and we hope that 2008 brings you happiness, joyfulness and March 10th, State Wide, "Platicas: A Latino Dialogue"
April 26th, Executive Board Mtg., Fresno
Come on now, let’s all sing along…
May 1st, State Wide, Immigrants Rights March
May 12th, State Wide, "Dia Del Maestro"
Feliz Navidad... Feliz Navidad...
Feliz Navidad May 17th, General Assembly Mtg., Santa Maria/ San Luis
Prospero ano y felicidad.
July 11th/ 12th, AMAE Retreat, Oxnard/ Ventura
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas.
I want to wish you a Merry Christmas September 20th, Executive board Mtg., Los Angeles, Confer-
From the bottom of my heart! ence Site
October 24th, 25th, 26th, 2008 State AMAE Conference, USC
HAPPY HOLIDAYS! November, State/ Local Chapter Elections
Fresno, CA 93721
1630 Van Ness Ave
Association of Mexican American Educators
Phone: (559)-266-AMAE (2623)