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Summit Monday to Examine Boosting Hispanic College Attainment, President to Sign Executive Order Tuesday

Major Increases in Graduation Rates Sought by 2020; Executive Order to Place Priority on Raising Hispanic Academic Achievement

Contact:  
Ida Eblinger Kelley or Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov


Event Date 1: October 18, 2010 08:00 am - 05:00 pm
Event Date 2: October 19, 2010

Key administration officials and education leaders will gather for a National Education Summit and Call to Action Monday in Washington, examining how to increase education access for Hispanic Americans, improve their lives and help the nation achieve the highest college attainment rate in the world by 2020.

More than 300 experts in fields ranging from early childhood learning to higher education are expected at the conference, to be held at the Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.

The day-long forum will connect national Latino education and community leaders to senior Education Department and Obama administration officials. Participants will hear from organizers of community-wide education initiatives who are working in partnership with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Monday's summit precedes Tuesday's signing by President Obama of an executive order at the White House aimed at helping raise Hispanic academic achievement.

Details on both events, including the agenda, speakers and watch party locations, are posted at https://sites.google.com/site/nationaleducationsummit/. Monday's conference will be streamed online at http://livestream.com/OASLive, and Tuesday's signing ceremony will be shown at www.whitehouse.gov.


Event 1
Who :
  • Thelma Melendez, assistant secretary for elementary and secondary education, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Carmel Martin, assistant secretary for planning, evaluation and policy development, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Gabriella Gomez, assistant secretary for legislation and congressional affairs, U.S. Department of Education.
  • William Taggart, chief operating officer, Federal Student Aid, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Rosalinda Barrera, assistant deputy secretary for English language acquisition, U.S. Department of Education.
  • Juan Sepulveda, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.
  • Others from the Department of Education and additional agencies.
What : National Education Summit and Call to Action
When : 8 a.m.-5 p.m. EDT Monday, Oct. 18, 2010
Where :

Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue,
N.W., Washington, D.C.

Event 2
Who : President Barack Obama
What : President Obama's Executive Order Signing Ceremony
When : 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010
Where : East Room, The White House