Congratulations to the Winners of the 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Awards!
The 2015 National Excellence in Urban Education Symposium was a rousing success!
Please have a look at the presentations from this year's symposium!
Take a look at the Program Guide for the 2015 National Excellence In Urban Education Symposium. Click to download.
ST Announces Keynote Speakers for the 2015 Symposium
Kati Haycock, President
The Education Trust
Kati Haycock is one of the nation's leading advocates in the field of education.
currently serves as President of The Education Trust. Established in
1996, the Trust works for the high academic achievement of all students
at all levels, pre-kindergarten through college. The organization’s
goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that consign
too many low-income students and students of color to lives on the
margins of the American mainstream.
Known for years as a powerful
force on education policy, The Trust is often described as “the most
important truth teller” in American public education. But the
organization also works hand in hand with educators and civic leaders in
their efforts to transform schools and colleges into institutions that
serve all students well.
Before coming to The Education Trust,
Haycock served as Executive Vice President of the Children's Defense
Fund, the nation's largest child advocacy organization.
Californian, Haycock founded and served as President of The Achievement
Council, a statewide organization that provided assistance to teachers
and principals in predominantly minority schools in improving student
achievement. She also served as Director of Outreach and Student
Affirmative Action programs for the nine-campus University of California
Kati Haycock speaks about educational improvement before
thousands of educators, community and business leaders, and policymakers
each year. She has received numerous awards for her service in behalf
of our nation’s youth, and serves as a director on several
education-related boards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the
Advancement of Teaching, The New Teacher Project, and the Hunt
AVID Texas State Director
Patrick Briggs is a proud 1991 and 1993 graduate of Prairie View A
& M University. For the past 3 years, he has served as the AVID
(Advancement Via Individual Determination) Texas State Director. He
comes to this position after 5 years as the AVID Texas State Assistant
Director. Before that he spent 15 years as a teacher and administrator
in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas. Patrick received his Bachelor of
Science in Biology and his Master of Education in Educational
Administration from Prairie View A & M University. He is currently
pursuing his doctorate in Administrator Leadership with an emphasis on
Teaching and Learning from Walden University. AVID is a College
Readiness System and our mission is to close the achievement gap by
preparing ALL students for college readiness and success in a global
society. In reality, Patrick believes that the “achievement gap” does
not exist. He believes that there are really opportunity and expectation gaps that adults must close for ALL students. Patrick is often quoted in educational settings say, “ALL means ALL”.
current research is on African American Male achievement. He serves on
the Dream Team of AVID’s African American Male Initiative which has
completed a successful pilot working with predominantly African American
schools to decrease the opportunity and expectation gaps by focusing on
an asset model and Culturally Relevant Teaching for ALL populations of
students. This work led to the highly successful Culturally Relevant
Teaching: Transforming Educators and Culturally Relevant Teaching:
Empowering Students courses that are offered at AVID’s Summer Institutes
and Pathway Trainings. He is a co-author of the Culturally Relevant
Teaching Pathways book that serves as the foundation of these courses.
passion lies in helping ALL learners achieve at high levels so ALL
students are college and career ready upon completion of high school.
He believes that ALL students deserve a high quality education that will
enable them to make choices in life that will lead to success in any
field of their choosing. His love is working with teachers – the most
valuable resource in a school - to equip them with the tools and skills
to help ALL students obtain success in school and life.