The Benson Latin American Collection

Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Records, 1977-2004

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Association for Bilingual Education
Title: Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Records
Dates: 1977-2004
Abstract: Printed material, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, reports, financial documentation, photographs, creative works, scrapbooks, and artifacts illuminate the functions and activities of the Texas Association for Education (TABE). TABE, established in 1972, is an advocacy group that works for the rights of language minority children, particularly Spanish-speaking students, in Texas.
Accession No.: 2005-17
Extent: 4.5 linear feet
Language: English and Spanish
Repository: Benson Latin American Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

Administrative History

The Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) was established in 1972 in San Antonio as an advocacy group for "the rights of language minority children," particularly Spanish-speaking students. Affiliated with the National Association of Bilingual Education, with regional Associations of Bilingual Education throughout Texas, and with the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO), TABE is a professional association for its membership, which includes educators of all grade levels, administrators, college students, and parents interested in promoting bilingual education. Today the TABE pursues "the implementation of educational policies and effective bilingual-bicultural programs that promote equal educational opportunity and academic excellence for language minority students" by analyzing bilingual education in Texas, working with public schools to develop such programs, and interacting with local and national educational policy-making bodies.

The administrative structure of the TABE is constituted by the Executive Board of Directors and its annually elected officers, the House of Delegates, and several Committees: BESO Student Representative, Bilingual/ESL, Constitution, Instructional and Professional Development, Parent Representative, and Publications and Archives, in addition to ad-hoc committees for legislative initiatives and annual conference planning. Activities of the TABE include holding an Annual Conference, conducting quarterly and annual meetings of the Executive Board, Committees, and Affiliate Leaders, and awarding the Bilingual/ESL Teacher of the Year Award, established in 1989 "for the purpose of recognizing outstanding teaching and meritorious service by bilingual education teachers in Texas." The TABE also awards annual scholarships to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in bilingual education. The TABE studies pending state and national legislation "affecting the educational needs of linguistically and culturally diverse children," and works with policy-making bodies "such as the Texas Legislature, the State Board of Education, the Texas Education Agency and the United States Department of Education." The TABE also produces several publications (including The Journal of the TABE, TABE News, and anthology collections of essays and readings) and conducts seminars for educators and parents to promote enrichment and dual-language bilingual education programs.

Source: Texas Association for Bilingual Education, "TABE Mission Statement," 2003, (28 November 2007).

Scope and Contents Note

Printed material, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, reports, financial documentation, photographs, creative works, scrapbooks, and artifacts (1977-2004; 37.5 linear inches) make up the records for the Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) and document the activities of the organization in promoting bilingual education both in Texas and nationwide. The records are divided into two subgroups: TABE (1979–2004, undated; 35.5 linear inches), and Associated Organizations (1977-2002; 2 inches).

The TABE subgroup materials are divided into six series: Administrative Records, Annual Conferences, Teacher of the Year Award Portfolios, Publications, Collections, and Photographs. These materials illuminate the functions and activities of the organization. Administrative Records bulk with annual collections of records kept in binders from the Board of Directors, the House of Delegates, the Treasurer, the Secretary, and several committees [see series descriptions in arrangement]. The original organization of the binders was maintained; additional administrative records can be found in respective department subseries. Issues covered in the administrative records include bilingual education topics, conference planning, publication management, legal dealings, constitutional workings, and financial management.

The TABE Annual Conferences (1985–2003; 11 linear inches) are extensively documented, including programs, post-conference reports, scrapbooks, and promotional material. Teacher of the Year Nominee Portfolios (1990–1992, 1999-2004; 8.5 linear inches) are arranged by year and alphabetically, each containing the curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, evidence of professional and community involvement, letters of reference, photographs, and additional material the nominee may have seen fit to include. The collection includes several Publications, including the Journal of the TABE and TABE News. Finally, the TABE materials include Collected documentation such as newspaper clippings, multicultural literature, and students’ artwork, and a small series of Photographs.

The Associated and Other Organizations subgroup (1977–2002, undated; 2 linear inches) contains promotional material and publications from the following organizations: Bilingual Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM), Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO), Dallas Association for Bilingual Education (DABE), Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), National Education Association (NEA), Texas Education Agency (TEA), as well as from Portland Public Schools, the Rigbys company, and Festival Internacional de la Raza VII.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

Standard copyright restrictions apply.

Index Terms

The Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Records are classified under the following Subject Headings in the University of Texas Libraries catalog:
Texas Association for Bilingual Education--Archives.
Education, bilingual--Texas--Sources.
Mexican Americans--Education--Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cite as: Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Records, Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.

Box and Folder Inventory

Administrative Records, 1979–2001, undated

1 Annual Record Compilations, 1989–1999, undated
[6.25 inches]
1-7 TABE 92-93 Secretaries Minutes & Records, 1989, 1992-1993, undated
[1.5 inches]
Typed and handwritten agendas of Board, Executive Board, and Editorial Board Sub-Committee meetings; typed and handwritten minutes of Board, Executive Board, and House of Delegates meetings; reports from Past President Ramón Alaniz, the Hearings Committee, the Treasurer, and the Constitution Committees; lists of TABE Affiliates (1989-1992) and Affiliate Presidents(1992-1993), Hearings Committee members (1992-1993), candidates for the Board of Directors (1994-1995), BESO Officers (1992-1993), completed manuscripts, and editorial review teams; and letters from Past President Romeo Romero, President Mary Esther Bernal, and President-Elect Adela Solis. Also included are preparatory materials for the 1992 Annual Conference, documentation of alternative credit options, graduation requirements (House Bill 75), and advanced placements options (HB 1670) in Texas, and an analysis of HB 1995 concerning the concurrence of Texas state achievement testing and Cinco de Mayo celebrations. Originally in an accordion file containing loose papers and five folders, the documents maintain the original order and folder titles. The latter do not accurately describe their contents in most cases.
8-11 "TABE 1996-97," 1995–1997
[1.5 inches]
Agendas for the Board of Directors, minutes for the Executive Board and House of Delegates, financial reports from the Treasurer, and reports from several TABE committees (including the Ad-Hoc, Publication and Archives, Public Relations, Legislation, Constitution, and Instructional and Professional Development) make up the bulk of the administrative records for the 1996 - 1997 binder. Also included are planning information and reports from the 1996 Annual Conference, information on affiliates, information about the Teacher of the Year Award, and the TABE constitution and By-Laws.
12-15 "TABE 1997–1998," 1995, 1997-1998
[1.75 inches]
Agendas, minutes, financial reports from the Treasurer, handwritten notes, and documentation from TABE committees (including the I.P.D., Publications and Archives, Public Relations, and Constitutional Committee) make up the administrative records for the 1997 - 1998 binder (collected and kept by Gloria E. Word). Also documented are TABE’s activity on a state and national level (including the TAAS exit level requirements for students with Limited English Proficiency and the proposed National Test), Teacher of the Year nominee forms and banquet information for 1997, and the court proceedings from the Center for Equal Opportunity in the United States District Court of New Mexico (Louie and Lisa Carbajal, et al. vs the Albuquerque Public School district, concerning violations of the 14th Amendment, the Equal Opportunities Act, the New Mexico State Constitution, etc.).
Box Folder
2 1-2 1998 TABE Agendas, Treasurer Reports, Minutes, 1997-1998
[.5 inches]
Agendas of Board, Executive Board, and Affiliate Presidents meetings; minutes (typed and handwritten) of the Executive Board and House of Delegates meetings; motion forms; reports from the 1997 Conference and Public Relations committees; financial summaries, and material detailing Teacher of the Year nomination criteria. Other materials include a summary of motions passed (1997-1998), a list of Board Members (1997-1998), reports to the Executive Board on The Journal of the TABE, a final copy of TABE testimony to the Texas State Board of Education, and letters from President María Arias regarding 1997-1998 Bilingual/ESL and Parent Representative Committee Members.
3-5 1999 TABE Agendas, Treasurer Reports, Minutes, News Articles, Houston 1997–1999, undated
[1 inch]
Agendas of the Executive Board, House of Delegates, and Affiliate Presidents meetings; minutes of House of Delegates and Executive Board meetings; motion forms; financial reports from the Treasurer; reports from the President and TABE committees (Constitution, TABE '99 Conference, Publications and Archives, Parent Representative, Bilingual/ESL, Student Representative/BESO Chapters, and I.P.D); lists of Board Members (1999-2000), Affiliate Members (1998-1999), and Hearings Committee Members, and a packet of materials assembled for the August 28, 1999 meeting, including correspondence, proposed policies, and collected news articles.
6 Board/Executive Board of Directors, 1996-1997
[.25 inches]
Minutes, agendas, committee reports, and motion forms, arranged chronologically.
7-8 House of Delegates, 1998-2001
[.75 inches]
Agendas, 2001
Constitution and By Laws, 1998
Minutes, 2000
Pro-forma Financial Statements, 2001
President and Committee Reports, 2001
9 President of Executive Board of Directors, 1979–1990, undated
Arias, María, 1979-1990, undated
[.5 inches]
Records from the accordion folder labeled "Maria G. Arias" contain photocopies of the papers of Arias (neé Calderón) and are arranged chronologically by the divider in which they were filed. The records indicate Ms. Calderón was married in the fall of 1982, at which point her surname changes to Arias.
Letters Received, 1979-1990
Certificates of Recognition, 1981-1989
Certificates of Appreciation of Leadership, 1979-1985
Press Clippings, 1979-1990
Conference Presentation Abstracts, 1979-1989, undated
10-15 Constitution Committee 1994-1995, [1983–1993]
[1.5 inches]
1983 TABE Constitution, 1983
TABE Constitution "Red Copy," 1991
Constitutional Amendments for 1992
TABE Constitution, 1992
Revised TABE Constitution, Midland, 1993
16 Financial Statements, 1998-1990, 1996 - 1999
[.25 inches]
TABE Expenses, 1988-1990
Compiled Financial Statements, 1996
Jefferson State Bank Certificate of Deposit Information, 1996-1999

Annual Conferences, 1985-2003

3 Publications, 1989-2003
[7.25 inches]
Conference Programs, 1989-2002
[4 inches]
1 17th Annual Conference, 1989
2 19th Annual Conference, 1991
3 20th Annual Conference, 1992
4 21st Annual Conference, 1993
5 22nd Annual Conference, 1994
6 23rd Annual Conference, 1995
7 27th Annual Conference, 1999
8 30th Annual Conference, 2002
Box Folder
4 1-3 Post-Conference Reports, 2001-2003
[3.25 inches]
Creative Works, 1985
[1 inch]
Box Folder
3 4 1985 TABE Conference Scrapbook, 1985
[1 inch]
5 Promotional Material, 1989-2002
[2.5 inches]
1 Registration Pamphlets, 2002
2 Tote bags (3 items), 1989-2002
Box Folder
3 3 T-shirt, 2003
Box Folder
5 4 Mouse pad, 2002
5 Assorted Conference Materials 1994, 2002
[.25 inches]

Teacher of the Year Award Nominee Portfolios, 1990-1992, 1999-2004

6 1990 Nominations, 1990
[2.5 inches]
1 Flores, Mary Jane
2 Grimaldo, Emma
3 Hinojosa, Carmen
4 Hinojosa, Sandra
5-6 Luján, Rosa
1991 Nominations, 1991
[.5 inches]
7 Rodriguez, Yolanda Isabel
1992 Nominations, 1992
[2 inches]
8 Bane, Marcela
9 Chahin, Rosa María
10 Contreras, Frank
11-13 García, Jesus Javier
14 George, Guadalupe M.
15 López, Herminia G.
16 Salazar, Blanca A Hinojosa
7 1999 Nominations, 1999
[.5 inches]
1 Estrada, Isla Alicia
2 McCann, Eduardo
2000 Nominations, 2000
[1.5 inches]
3 Alvarez-Linney, Luzmarie
4 Morán-Guerrero, Mary Teresa
5 Palacios, Rebecca A.
6 Quintela, Liz Morales
7 Silvas, Linda
2001 Nominations, 2001
[.25 inches]
8 Salcido, María Patricia
2004 Nominations, 2004
[1.25 inches]
9 Adkins, Dora
10 Dávila, Elva
11 DePavía, Martha
12 Mahershri, Pushpa
13 Shea, Michael
14 Torres, Isabel
15 Correspondence, 1992

Publications, 1979-2002

Box Folder
8 1-2 The Journal of the TABE, May 1979, 1980, Spring 1996
[1.25 inches]
3 TABE News, 1988-2002
[.5 inches]
4-6 Vigil Por Nuestros Niños, First Edition 1987, Second Edition 1988
[1.5 inches]
7 Compendium of Readings in Bilingual Education: Issues and Practices, 1994
[.75 inches]
8 A Quarter Century of Progress: A Report to the 76th Texas Legislature, 1999
[.5 inches]

Collected, 1989-2002, undated

Box Folder
9 1-2 Assorted News Items, Summer 1989 - March 10, 2002, undated
[1 inch]
3 Multicultural Literature, 1990 - 1992, undated
[.25 inches]
10 Children's Art Work, undated
[.5 inches]

Photographs, undated

Box Folder
9 4 Assorted Photographs, undated
[.25 inches]

Associated and Other Organizations, 1977–2002, undated

Box Folder
9 5 Bilingual Education Association of the Metroplex (BEAM), undated
Promotional Material, undated
Tote Bag undated
6 Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO), 2002, undated
Promotional Material, undated
Tote Bag, undated
Letter, 2002
7 Dallas Association for Bilingual Education (DABE), 1989
Publications, 1989
DABE Newsletter, 1989
8 Festival Internacional de la Raza VII, 1991
Publications, 1991
Los Artistas Chicanos del Valle de Tejas: Narradores de Mitos y Tradiciones, 1991
9 Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA), 1977
Publications, 1977
The Theory of Incompatibilities: A Conceptual Framework for Responding to the Educational Needs of Mexican American Children, 1977
Promotional Material, 1977
Press Release, 1977
10 National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE), 2002
Promotional Material, 2002
Brochure for NABE, 2003 [2002]
11 National Education Association (NEA), 1988
Publications, 1988
Official English/English Only: More than Meets the Eye, 1988
12 Portland Public Schools (PPS), 1991
Letters to Adela Solis, 1991
13 Rigby, undated
Promotional Material, undated
Advertisement, undated
Magnetic Clips, undated
14 Texas Education Agency (TEA), 1994
Publications, 1994
"Nominees in Teacher of the Year Program Reach All-Time High," 1994