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"Working toward educational, economic, and social equality for Hispanics in Idaho"

 

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2nd IDAHO SUMMIT ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE ABOUT HISPANIC STUDENTS

 

3 Year Comprehensive Plan

 

 

Education Summit

 

 

 

Summit Description

The “Idaho Summit on Educational Excellence About Hispanic Affairs” provided educators, community leaders, policy makers, and interested members of the public with a forum for networking and exchanging information about current education issues and needs within Idaho’s Hispanic community and possible solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 
  • Decrease dropout rates among Hispanic students / increase Hispanic student retention


  • Close the academic achievement gap between Hispanic and non Hispanic students


  • Access to and Equity in Higher Education


Summit Presentations in 2010

  • Ana Maria Dr. Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana, Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education

    Dr. Thelma Meléndez de Santa Ana was confirmed as Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary education at the Department of Education by the U.S. Senate on July 24, 2009. In this position, she plays a pivotal role in policy and management issues affecting elementary and secondary education. She directs, coordinates and recommends policy for programs designed to assist state and local education agencies with improving the achievement of elementary and secondary school students. She helps ensure equal access to services leading to such improvement for all children, particularly children who are economically disadvantaged. She fosters educational improvement at the state and local levels, and provides financial assistance to local education agencies whose local revenues are affected by federal activities. She also serves as the principal adviser to the U.S. secretary of education on all matters related to pre-k, elementary and secondary education.

    For more information on her presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Ana Maria José A. Rico, Deputy Director

    José Antonio Rico is the deputy director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans. Named to his post on Feb. 1, 2010, Rico helps carry out President Obama’s efforts to improve the academic achievement of Hispanic students. He came to the Department as a senior adviser in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education on April 29, 2009.

    For more information on his presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Ana Maria Sarita E. Brown, President

    Has spent more than two decades at prominent national educational institutions and at the highest levels of government, working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at the University of Texas, Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education followed by appointments with educational associations in Washington, DC. From 1997-2000 she served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley.

    Maintaining her commitment to improving the quality of education, Ms. Brown applied her talents and experience to the not for-profit sector as Founding President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute and, since 2004, as Founding President of Excelencia in Education. Excelencia in Education is a 501(c) 3 working to accelerate Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students.

    For more information on her presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Ana Maria María Rita Jaramillo, Senior Liaison

    María Rita Jaramillo serves as Senior Liaison, Community Outreach, Office of Governance and Policy, where she focuses on outreach to the Hispanic community. In this capacity, Jaramillo assists NEA in developing new partnerships and joint activities with national and local Hispanic groups around both education and community interests.

    For more information on her presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Ana Maria Marcela Montes, MS. NCLR Project Coordinator

    Marcela Montes, MS. NCLR As a Project Coordinator for the Education Programs Components at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), Marcela has coordinated research efforts and data collection on after-school programs as well as established the NCLA Expanded Learning Time Network. She has gained extensive knowledge in civic engagement, human rights and education through work experiences at organizations such as the Washington Office on Latin America, the Organization of American States and the Colombian National Chapter of Transparency International. Marcela holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.

    For more information on her presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Ana Maria Miriam Soto Pressley, Elementary School Teacher

    Miriam Soto Pressley, an elementary school teacher in Hammond, Indiana.  She's been part of our ELL nationwide advisory board since 2004, and was recently nominated to be an advisor to the national core standards project headed by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.

    For more information on her presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Ana Maria Araceli Simeón-Luna, National Director of the Parent School Partnership Program

    Araceli Simeón-Luna is the National Director of the Parent School Partnership Program with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the civil rights of Latinos in the United States. The Parent School Partnership program (PSP) is designed for parents to learn how to navigate the public educational system and how to become effective advocates to help their children attain educational success.

    For more information on her presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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IDAHO SUMMIT ON EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE ABOUT HISPANIC STUDENTS

 

Education Summit

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Summit Description

This event provided educators, community leaders, policy makers, and interested members of the public with a forum for networking and exchanging information about current education issues and needs within Idaho’s Hispanic community.

 

 

 

Tracks:

  • Closing the Academic Achievement Gap


  • Dropout Prevention and Retention


  • Access to and Equity in Higher Education


Summit Presentations in 2008


  • Sarita E. Brown, Excelencia in Education
  • Has spent more than two decades at prominent national educational institutions and at the highest levels of government, working to implement effective strategies to raise academic achievement and opportunity for low-income and minority students. She started her career at the University of Texas at Austin by building a national model promoting minority success in graduate education followed by appointments with educational associations in Washington, DC. From 1997-2000 she served as Executive Director of the White House Initiative for Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans under President Clinton and U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley. Maintaining her commitment to improving the quality of education, Ms. Brown applied her talents and experience to the not for-profit sector as Founding President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Institute and, since 2004, as Founding President of Excelencia in Education. Excelencia in Education is a 501(c) 3 working to accelerate Latino success in higher education by linking research, policy, and practice to serve Latino students.

    Latino Students and America’s Future
    Latino Student Success (LSS) Inquiry Model

    For more information on presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Honorable Judge Sergio Gutierrez
  • Idaho Court of Appeals Chief Judge Sergio A. Gutierrez Judge Gutierrez is married to the former Mary Cuevas. They have four children, a foster son and two grandchildren. He is a graduate from Job Corps, where he obtained his G.E.D. He received a B.A. degree in Elementary Education from Boise State University. He attended Hastings Law School, University of California, where he obtained his Juries Doctor degree. His law practice experience includes employment with Idaho Legal Aid Services, Inc., with the firm of Park, Costello and Burkett and operating a solo practice. He served as District Judge from 1993 to 2002. He was appointed to the Court of Appeals in January of 2002.

    Latino Youth Dropout Rate

    For more information on presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Alex Gonzalez
  • Alexander Gonzalez, Northwest Education and Loan Association (NELA) Center for Student Success Community Outreach Coordinator, Oregon Alex Gonzalez assists in counseling activities and outreach work for the Oregon center. Prior to joining NELA, he served for two years as an AmeriCorp member and on-site program coordinator for the ASPIRE program. Alex graduated from the University of Oregon.

    Paying for College: Made Easy

    For more information on presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Arnold Hernandez, College of Idaho
  • Arnold Hernandez was born in Monterey Nuevo Leon, Mexico. At the age of seven his family migrated to Texas. Three years later, a compadre of the family convinced them to migrate to “El Norte”, where his family could find work in the fields. After migrating between Oregon, Washington and Idaho his family ultimately settled in Wilder, Idaho. “El Norte” offered them the opportunity to work and allowed their family to grow. Arnold was the second oldest of fourteen children, he left his ninth grade year in school in order to provide support for his family. The fields became his source of income.

    Five years later he enrolled at Boise State University, graduating with a degree in Elementary Education Arnold moved on to work as a counselor for the College Assistance Migrant Program. He has devoted his time and efforts to the Multi-Cultural Department at the College of Idaho for the past fourteen years. As the Director he now helps open doors for current, and future students on their journey through higher education.

    Workshop Little Pond Big Pond

    For more information on presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Dr. Carolyn Hondo, Ph.D - Burley High School
  • Carolyn Hondo, Ph.D., is Assistant Principal, Burley High School. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Idaho (2005) and taught for 26 years before becoming a school administrator. She has presented papers to the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and published an article in the Idaho School Administrators magazine, Perspectives.

    Latino Dropouts in Rural America: Realities and Possibilities

    For more information on presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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  • Everardo Torrez
  • Everardo Torrez was born in Michoacán, Mexico in 1972 and grew up on a sugar-beet farm in South Central Idaho. After graduating from Minico High School in 1990, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Southern California in 1996 and a Master of Arts in Communication from Boise State University in 2002.

    Torrez has been published in Permafrost, Fugue, and Cold-dril. His short stories focus on the cultural polarization and synthesis that defines Mexican and U.S. relations. His debut novel, Narco (Arte Público Press, 2003), exposes the complexities of the illicit drug trade on the U.S./Mexico border.

    Torrez has been recognized with the Grand Prize in the fiction contest by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Press and Honorable Mention in the Edward Moses Fiction Contest at the University of Southern California.

    Torrez lives in Boise with his wife and two children and is currently working on a new book.

    The Equity Gap

    For more information on presentation contact lymaris.blackmon@icha.idaho.gov

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