Senior Department of Education Official to Hold Press Conference to Announce Bright Spots in Hispanic Education

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The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will hold a press conference to announce the release of the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education national online catalog, Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Washington, D.C.

In 2014, the Initiative launched a national call for Bright Spots – programs, models, organizations, or initiatives that target, address, and/or invest in key education priorities for Hispanics and are helping close the achievement gap from cradle to career. The catalog, which will be featured on the Initiative’s website:, includes Bright Spots from throughout the nation focused on key areas including early learning, college access, STEM education, postsecondary completion, and Hispanic teacher recruitment. At the press conference, Executive Director Alejandra Ceja will highlight the importance of identifying promising practices, developing cross-sector collaboration and partnerships between long-standing and emerging Hispanic communities, and investing in efforts that increase the educational achievement and improve life outcomes for Hispanics in the United States.

This year’s Hispanic Heritage Month marks the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and in honor of this historic milestone, the Initiative throughout the month will highlight the tremendous progress Latinos are making in education, as well as the challenges that need our continued attention. The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. You can follow updates on Twitter via @HispanicEd