El Paso Independent School District Superintendent Juan E. Cabrera has been selected as the 2016 chair of the Texas Urban Council of Superintendents, a network of some of the largest urban school districts in the state representing more than 750,000 students and nearly 50,000 teachers.
District members of the Council include Superintendents, executive and academic leaders of the Aldine, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio independent school districts. The Council was established by Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of the Communities Foundation of Texas, as part of its Education Leadership Initiative.
Its goal is to strengthen school leadership development, create focused learning environments and increase student performance.
“Educators at legacy urban districts face many unique challenges and through this coalition we have the opportunity to discuss similar challenges and best practices and meet our goal of bringing about meaningful and effective change to the way our schools support and drive innovation,” Cabrera said. “I look forward to working with the amazing leaders on the council. I am certain that together we will collectively have a strong impact on our schools and students.”
The Council and Educate Texas, meet to gather the areas of greatest opportunity and challenges to their school districts. Member superintendents hope to coordinate efforts to increase the focus on urban education and provide support and resources to urban districts.
The Texas Urban Council of Superintendents will meet in El Paso for a two-day business meeting and education symposium that will focus on critical urban education issues.
The symposium will take place Thursday and Friday afternoon at the Hilton Garden Inn and the University of Texas at El Paso.