September 29-30, 2014 | Washington, D.C.


NALEO members are invited to attend the 10th Annual NALEO National Summit on the State of Latino Education in the nation’s capital that will focus on teacher quality. The growing role of the federal government in education has brought about unique circumstances that are now playing out at the state level with varying nuances. Having a thorough understanding of federal and state policies in education and how they will affect the educational success of Latino students will require a focused governance and leadership approach from policymakers. This convening will give Latino elected and appointed officials a timely opportunity to explore key concepts surrounding education policies on the teaching workforce that will support their continued leadership development and effective public service.

With Latinos being the second largest population group in the United States, the educational attainment of Latino students is intrinsically connected to the nation’s future growth and success. The steady growth of this student population makes it imperative that Latino students benefit from and have access to high quality teachers and positive educational experiences Pre-K through college completion. Research demonstrates that having teachers with higher levels of educator preparation and content mastery improves classroom quality and leads to better academic outcomes for children. However, a significant number of Latino students across the nation are deprived of access to quality instruction and are more likely to attend under-resourced schools. Education policymakers from all levels of government can play a critical role to ensure that our schools continue to be the center of community development that improves the opportunities for learning for all students.

School board members, college trustees, and state legislators attending this two-day convening will hear from leading education experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who will tackle pressing policy and governance topics on teacher quality.

The Summit will include a curriculum that covers:

  • State of Latino Education
  • Updates on Federal Teacher Quality Initiatives
  • Teacher Recruitment and Preparation: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
  • Professional Developement: Models that Support Teachers to Improve Student Learning
  • Leveling the Playing Field: Allocating Resources in Support of Success for All Students
  • A Federal Vision of Accountability and Teacher Evaluation
  • States’ Teacher Evaluation Frameworks
  • Local Implementation and Professional System Capacity

Participants will have the opportunity to develop strategic partnerships with policymakers from across the country. In addition, they will have the opportunity to share model initiatives and best practices around system based approaches to teacher quality.


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  • Monday, September 29
  • Tuesday, September 30

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Summit Welcome & Introductory Remarks

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session I:


The State of Latino Education

An educated society is critical for a strong democracy. For the tenth consecutive year, the NALEO Educational Fund brings education researchers and leading policymakers together in the nation’s capital to address the state of Latino education. Although federal policy has attempted to eliminate the opportunity and achievement gaps for students from all backgrounds, research indicates that the educational outcomes for Latino students continues to lag behind those of most major ethnic and racial groups. This session will provide an overview on the most current achievement rates among Latino students and engage policymakers in a discussion on how best to develop and champion effective education policies at the state and local level.

Session Chair: Hon. Justin Rodriguez, Texas State Representative; Board Member, NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund

• Dr. Jorge Chapa, Professor, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

• Mr. Steven Colón, Vice President, Access to Opportunities, College Board

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session II:


Updates on Federal Teacher Quality Initiatives

The U.S. Department of Education supports a wide range of federal programs intended to improve the quality of education that students receive in American public schools. One particular stream of funding intended to support student academic achievement has revolved around the need to attract potential new teachers into high-need subjects as well as high-need public schools. For those teachers who are already in the classroom, other federal programs have been designed to improve teacher training, retention, and teacher compensation. This session will provide policymakers with an update on the various initiatives that the U.S. Department of Education has developed and implemented in the last several years to improve the number of highly qualified teachers across the nation.

• Mr. Joel Packer, Principal, The Raben Group

• Mr. James Liou, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Department of Education

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Introductory Remarks: Hon. Justin Rodriguez, Texas State Representative; Board Member, NALEO and NALEO Educational Fund

• Ms. Lily Eskelsen García, President, National Education Association

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session III:


Teacher Recruitment and Preparation: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

Latino children under 18 years of age are the second-largest group of students in the nation and are the largest segment of the English Language Learner (ELL) student population. With an increase of the ELL population, policymakers and administrators must understand the implications for how best to address the shortage of qualified teachers who are ready and able to teach a student body that requires attention to their language development in addition to content and subject mastery of new college and career readiness standards. Currently, teacher preparation programs are working to recruit a more diverse group of teacher candidates while enhancing their depth of knowledge and range of pedagogical skills that they will need in order to teach ELLs. It is necessary for teachers to receive the appropriate training in their teacher preparation programs to meet their students’ language and learning needs. This session will present an opportunity for policymakers to discuss the role that institutions of higher education play in restructuring teacher preparation programs to support the success of English Language Learner students across the nation.

• Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, U.S. Department of Education

• Ms. Kate Walsh, President, National Council on Teacher Quality

• Dr. Sharon Robinson, President & CEO, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.



Session IV:


Professional Development: Models that Support Teachers to Improve Student Learning

As states begin to implement new college and career readiness standards and new forms of assessments that are significantly tied to teacher evaluations, it is imperative for school districts around the country to adapt and introduce new models of professional development for educators. Research has shown that ongoing, dedicated time for collaboration and coaching is the most effective way to help teachers improve their craft and bolster student achievement. To make this shift a success, policymakers will play a critical leadership role in supporting innovative approaches to new systems that support continuous teacher learning. This session will provide policymakers with a foundation on professional standards of practice in the areas of curriculum, teaching, assessment, and student supports in order to enhance educator capacity.

• Dr. Stephanie Hirsh, Executive Director, Learning Forward

• Dr. Barnett Berry, CEO & Partner, Center for Teaching Quality

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Opening Reception Patron
National Education Association

Opening Reception Friend
American Federation of Teachers