Pendergast Governing Board Member Rubén B. Gutiérrez Joined Latino Leaders in Nation’s Capital for NALEO 10th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education

Gutiérrez joined more than 55 other Latino policymakers from across the country for a two-day convening with notable education speakers and experts

Rubén B. Gutiérrez joined the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, the nation’s preeminent Latino leadership organization, and more than 55 Latino school board members, higher education trustees, and state legislators from across the country to discuss the state of Latino education and strategies to ensure Latino students have access to positive educational experiences and high quality instruction. 

The 10th Annual National Summit on the State of Latino Education took place September 29-30, 2014, at The Westin Georgetown, in Washington, D.C.  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 prosperity 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.

This two-day convening provided Gutiérrez and other Latino policymakers with an opportunity to hear from leading education experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who tackled pressing policy and governance topics on teacher quality.  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.

Rubén B. Gutiérrez, Proud Pendergast Elementary School District Board Member stated, “With less than 2 % of the nation's educational leadership roles being Latino, we must ensure that our fastest growing minority group of students are equally represented in leadership roles.  We must work together to prepare aspiring Latino leaders who seek to become tomorrow's leaders in our schools, communities, and educational organizations.  Pendergast Elementary School District in Arizona is a great example of how governance, leadership, and professional learning communities are working together to ensure that our students receive equitable resources and an equal education through collaborative leadership that is centered in the students’ best interests.  Although we face constant challenges we must continue to work in a collaborative manner to ensure that we share and solve our community, state, and national concerns that will impact and mold our students for years to come.” 

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.  At the Summit, Rubén B. Gutiérrez was able to develop strategic partnerships with other elected officials and engage in informational panels, working sessions and strategy groups designed to help them become more effective, well-informed advocates for their students, families and communities. 

This year’s Summit speakers included White House Domestic Policy Council Director Cecilia Muñoz; U.S. Department of Education Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director Dr. Libia Gil; Communities in Schools President and White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics Commissioner Daniel J. Cardinali; and National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García.

The event was 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.