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Language Arts Conference

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Annual Regional Language Arts Conference

Literacy, Assessment and Core Curriculum Standards 

Saturday, November 15 2014 | Tan Lam Pek Kim English and Communication Building, University of Guam

Sponsored by:

  • University of Guam
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
  • Co-Sponsors:
  • School of Education
  • International Reading Association, Guam Council

E-mail: uoglanguageartsconference@gmail.com


Welcome to the 27th Annual Regional Language Arts Conference (LAC) website!  The LAC is an annual event in which Western Pacific educators are provided with opportunities for professional growth and enrichment in literacy.


Click here to view the 2013 Language Arts Conference booklet

Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood

Dr. Nerissa Bretania Underwood is a former Superintent for the Guam Department of Education (GDOE).  She served as GDOE's research, planning, and evaluation administrator.  She holds a doctorate of philosophy from the University of Oregon, a master's degree in education, and a bachelor of arts degree in education.  She has also served as the chair of the committee to develop Guam Department of Education's master plan relative to the increase in military presence.  Dr. Underwood has been a leader in the local Filipino community organizations and an advocate of Guam's quest for self-determination and has served the community as a member of the Guam Memorial Hospital's board of trustees, the Guam Humanities Council, and St. Paul Christian School's board of directors.  She is also the vice chair of the Democratic Party of Guam.


Past Featured Keynote Speaker: Efren Penaflorida, CNN Hero of the Year

Penaflorida is a Filipino teacher who won the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year award for his outreach teaching project known as, "Kariton Klasrum" (pushcart classroom).  He received his award from American actress Eva Mendes at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

According to Penaflorida, "Our planet is filled with heroes, young and old, rich and poor, man, woman of different colors, shapes, and sizes.  We are one great tapestry...Each person has a hidden hero within, you just have to look inside you and search it in your heart, and be the hero to the next one in need."

If you are interested in presenting or attending, it is important that you return the forms with your check/payment immediately.  We have a limit of 300 participants.  Last year, many were turned away because we reached capacity before the registration deadline.  Don't let this weekend go without signing up.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Contact LAC Committee Chairpersons:

  • Dr. Clarisa Quan:  risaquan@yahoo.com
  • Dr. Catherine Stoicovy:  stoicovy@guam.net
  • Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera:  mnrivera1@yahoo.com
  • Dr. Sharleen Santos-Bamba:  santosbamba@yahoo.com
  • Lucy Lauron:  ellelauron@rocketmail.com
  • Dr. Michelle Santos: msantos@uguam.uog.edu

Administrative Coordinators:

  • Debbie Respicio
  • Kathleen Duenas
  • Jacqueline Guzman
  • E-mail:  uoglanguageartsconference@gmail.com