WHIEEH traveling through Texas on a back-to-school outreach tour!
Sept. 4-6, 2013.
The WHIEEH will visit South and West Texas – a region with a high Hispanic population - to engage key stakeholders on the current state and future of education. Through the tour, they will share information about the President’s education agenda, federal resources, initiatives, and policies; identify successful models in this local region; and discuss what is working. Additionally, the WHIEEEH will gather input and feedback from community leaders, stakeholders and educators about both successful efforts and issues of concern, to inform education policy-making in Washington.
The tour will make nine stops in seven cities that include a combined population of nearly 2.6 million people, of which nearly 2.2 million are Hispanic. Read our Press Release for more information.
Corpus Christi: Site visit of the Wesley Community Center, joined by the United Way of the Coastal Bend’s President, to highlight the positive impact of a high quality early learning program.
Brownsville: Roundtable discussion with the superintendent of schools, community leaders, teachers and parents on Hispanic educational attainment.
McAllen: Site visit at an IDEA Public School campus where students, faculty and administrators will be in attendance.
Edinburg: Town hall at the University of Texas Pan-American focused on college access and completion.
Laredo: Roundtable discussion with College of Education students at Texas A&M International University, focusing on the teaching profession. The WHIEEH will then head to a site visit of Laredo Early College High School.
Eagle Pass: Site visit at Pete Gallego Elementary School, talking with school officials and parents about parental engagement. The second event will finish off the day with a town hall on Hispanic educational achievement and family engagement.
El Paso: Town hall at the University of Texas at El Paso on STEM Education that will include STEM projects created by local university and high school students.
WHIEEH’s Back-to-School Texas Tour 2013 will jump-start the U.S. Department of
Education’s “Strong Start, Bright Future” Back-to-School Bus Tour that will
begin Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in Santa, Fe, NM and will continue along the
Southwest border to California. Cities include:
- New Mexico - Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Socorro, and Columbus.
- Texas - El Paso.
- Arizona - Tucson, Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Yuma.
- California - Chula
Each stop will highlight the importance of ensuring that all students benefit from high-quality educational opportunities. Learn more about the tour stops by reading our blog and our Press Release.
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The WHIEEH and its President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will hold a national summit on early learning to discuss the status of Latino children in receiving high-quality early learning.
The summit will take place on September 18, 2013, at Miami-Dade College in Miami, Florida.
Here are a few resources to help you and your child get ready.
- With back-to-school season in full swing, Secretary Duncan
recently sat down to respond to some pressing education questions from
SmartBlog on Education. Read the blog with the full Q&A.
- Parents who play an active role in their children’s education
make a huge difference in their success. Here are some things you can do to help
your child prepare for the upcoming school year.
- Secretary Duncan and staff from ED recently released an “It Gets Better” video to
address the importance of fostering safe spaces for learning across the country.
Part of the Department’s initiative is ensuring that students are protected from
the harmful effects of bullying within their communities. Read more on our Free of Fear, Violence, and Bullying blog.
- This week, the Department announced new grant awards
under the School
Improvement Grants (SIG) program ($5.2 million for three states), Advanced
Placement (AP) Test Program ($28.8 million for 42 states), and Impact
Aid Discretionary Construction Program ($20 million for eight districts).
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is soliciting applications for the “Research: Art Works”
program. Grant awards support research that investigates the value and/or
impact of the arts, either as individual components within the U.S. arts
ecology or as they interact with each other or with other domains of American
life. The NEA anticipates awarding up to 25
grants -- from $10,000 to $30,000 each. The deadline for applications is
November 5. Projects can begin as early as May 1, 2014.