Strategic Area of Focus A

Education

AREA GROUP PARTICIPANTS
  • BLANCA ENRIQUEZ (Area Leader)
  • OLIVIA ALBA
  • RICHARD CASTRO
  • JOE CARDENAS
  • HECTOR GUTIERREZ DAN OLIVAS
  • RAYMOND PALACIOS
  • WILLIE SILVA, JR.

KEY ISSUES / CONCERNS / CHALLENGES

  • High School Drop-Out Rate
  • Impacts at Early Ages
  • Need for Engaging Parents
  • Education is Broad and Complex
  • Need Inventory of Existing Initiatives (To Avoid Duplication and/or Find Partners)
  • Identify the Gaps and then Consider Launching New Initiatives
  • State Funding Reductions (Legislative/Political Impacts)
  • Need for Bold Leadership in Education Focusing on Hispanics
  • UTEP’s Goal to Achieve Tier 1
  • Changing the Cultural Hispanic Mindset Regarding Education
  • Support Dual-Language Programs
  • Impact of Demographic Changes
  • Need to Project a Positive Image of Hispanics

SPECIFIC STRATEGIC INITIATIVES OR PROJECTS TO
POTENTIALLY ENDORSE (SHORT & LONG TERM)

  • Career Days for At-Risk Youth (all age levels) EASY WIN!!
  • Mentoring Programs / Leadership Program (all age levels)
  • Parental Engagement Programs
  • Financial Assistance / Scholarship Awareness
  • Promote / Advocate for Early Childhood Education
  • Use CEA Members as Part of a Speakers Forum
  • Target Parents Using Public Relations and Other Resources
  • CEA Business Owners Mentoring / Hiring Students (Like Junior Achievement)
  • Internship Programs for College Students
  • Project to Identify Gaps and Inventory of Resources
  • Use Technology to Disseminate Information to Community (Parents)

POTENTIAL KEY PLAYERS TO INVITE TO CEA FORUMS

  • UTEP College of Education
  • EPCC – Early College
  • Region XIX – Head Start
  • ISD Superintendents
  • AVANCE
  • ISD Board Members
  • Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • State Legislators
  • Dr. Diana Natalicio
  • Dr. R. Rhodes
  • Business Owners
  • Business / Civic Organizations
  • La Fe – Youthbuild
  • Job Corps
  • Workforce Development (URG)
  • Executive PTA Boards
  • Ernesto Nieto – National Hispanic Institute

POTENTIAL COMMUNITY PARTNERS

  • (same as above – i.e. key subject matter experts and their organizations may want to partner with CEA)

POSSIBLE LEGISLATIVE AGENDA ITEMS

  • Equitable Education Funding from State
  • Support of Early Childhood Programs In Texas
  • Fight Any Changes to Current Education Funding Programs
  • Psychological Impact of Immigration Reform on Students
  • Incorporating Hispanic Contributions in the Curriculum
  • Emphasis on Hispanic Buying Power and Positive Image
  • Work with Legislators to Access Free Internet for Students

 PROPOSED NEXT STEPS FOR THIS STRATEGIC AREA TEAM

  • Develop CEA Tactical Plan
    • “Easy Wins”
    • Mid to Long-Term Goals
  • Conduct Inventory of Education Resources (Use UTEP College of Education)