The President today announced that he will nominate Blandina Cardenas to be Chief of the Children's Bureau, Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Cardenas is vice president of the Intercultural Resources Laboratory in San Antonio, and director of the Center for the Management of Innovation in Multicultural Education.
She was born October 25, 1944, in Del Rio, Tex. She received a B.J. from the University of Texas in 1967 and an Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1974.
Cardenas was a teacher in the San Felipe Independent School District, Del Rio, Tex., in 1967-68, and an information writer for the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas in 1968-69. In 1969 she served as assistant program development coordinator for the Texas Migrant Educational Development Center, Southwest Educational Development Laboratory, in Austin.
From 1969 to 1972, she was executive assistant to the director of Mexican American Education and director of the Texas Migrant Educational Development Center. In 1969-70 she was also an educational writer for the bilingual education program of the Edgewood School District, in San Antonio, and in 1970-71 she was director of the Career Opportunities Program for the Edgewood School District.
In 1971 Cardenas was director of planning and chief writer for the Edgewood Independent School District Experimental Schools Program, and also served as director of Our Lady of the Lake College, the Edgewood District's cooperative summer institute on early childhood education.
In 1972 Cardenas was director of bilingual education for the Intercultural Resources Laboratory in San Antonio. In 1974 and 1975, she was a Rockefeller Fellow assigned to the staff of then-Senator Walter F. Mondale. Since 1975 she has been director of the Center for the Management of Innovation in Multicultural Education (Lau Center), a division of the Intercultural Development Research Association.
From 1971 to 1974, Cardenas was a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of HEW and the Office of Civil Rights at HEW. In 1973 she was regional coordinator for the National Educational Task Force de la Raza. She has been a consultant on bilingual television programming for children and has published numerous articles.