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Board Members Join Policymakers in Nation's Capital for Summit on Latino Education

Dr. Analee Maestas, Steven Michael Quezada and Dr. Don Duran joined Latino public officials from across the country to discuss strategies for ensuring access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education within the Latino community.

APS Board of Education members Dr. Analee Maestas, Steven Michael Quezada and Dr. Don Duran have joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund and more than 55 Latino public officials from across the country to discuss the state of Latino education and strategies for ensuring access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education within the Latino community.

The event is taking place Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at The Westin Georgetown, as part of the NALEO Educational Fund’s Ninth Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education in Washington, D.C.

The two-and-a-half day convening will provide school board members, college trustees, and state legislators with a forum to initiate a dialogue around education reform and the critical topic of STEM education in this country.

The economic competitiveness of the United States will depend on its ability to cultivate a STEM-ready workforce that is prepared to meet the needs of a 21st century job market. Creating an education continuum within the Latino community that fosters academic preparation for students from early learning programs through higher education will be vital as Latinos represent the second largest population group in the country.

The three APS board members will have the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships with other leaders and engage in informational panels that cover the latest research, model programs, and policy recommendations regarding STEM education. Participants will also hear from a number of elected officials and experts that will help them advance STEM education access in their communities, including Colorado Lieutenant Governor Joseph Garcia, NALEO President and California State Senator Alex Padilla, University of Denver Professor Dr. Douglas Clements and University of Texas at Arlington Professor Dr. Ramon E. Lopez.

The 9th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education is made possible through the generous support of Title Sponsors, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and State Farm®.

A full schedule and list of speakers is available on the NALEO Educational Fund website.

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