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Texas Tribune, UTEP to host free Symposium on Urban Public Education Friday

The Texas Tribune will host a free, open-to-the-public Symposium on Urban Public Education from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Symposium discussion topics will include educating the emerging demographic majority, social and emotional learning in public education and strategies for widening the high school-to-college pipeline.

Each of the four discussions will be followed by an audience Q&A session. A complimentary light breakfast and lunch will be provided. The conversation will be livestreamed at, and the video will be available for viewing afterward. For media RSVP, contact Natalie Choate at General registration is open at

WHAT: Texas Tribune Symposium on Urban Public Education


  • David Anthony, CEO of Raise Your Hand Texas
  • Richard Carranza, superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District
  • Juan Cabrera, superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District
  • Paul Cruz, superintendent of the Austin Independent School District
  • Eric Gordon, CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
  • Terry Grier, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District
  • Michael Hinojosa, superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District
  • Susan Simpson Hull, superintendent of the Grand Prairie Independent School District
  • Elena Izquierdo, associate professor of teacher education at The University of Texas at El Paso and program area chair for bilingual/biliteracy
  • Mike Morath, Texas Education Commissioner
  • William Serrata, president of the El Paso Community College District
  • Evan Smith, The Texas Tribune’s CEO and editor-in-chief
  • Airick West, member of the Board of Directors for Kansas City Public Schools

WHERE: Tomás Rivera Conference Center, Union Building East 308, The University of Texas at El Paso, 500 W. University Ave., El Paso, TX 79968. Parking will be available in the Sun Bowl Parking Garage (map).

WHEN: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22. Doors open at 8 a.m. Conversation begins promptly at 8:30 a.m.

CONTACT: The Texas Tribune – Natalie Choate (512-716-8640 or