Senior Department of Education Official to Visit California's Bay Area

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Alejandra Ceja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics (Initiative), will visit San Jose, Calif. on Friday, March 4 and Stanford University on Saturday, March 5, to participate in two events to promote teacher recruitment and retention and family engagement, and to highlight the Obama Administration's investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

On Friday, March 4, at 3 p.m. PT, Ceja and Maria Pastrana, senior advisor with the Initiative, will conduct student-led classroom visits and a teacher and parent roundtable discussion at Selma Olinder Elementary School in San Jose, Calif. They will discuss promising practices on recruiting and retaining a diverse teaching workforce and strategies to engage families in their children's education. A K-5 school with a nearly 90 percent low-income and Latino student population, Olinder has prioritized the need for culturally-sensitive strategies to engage families and support a growing number of English Learner students.

On Saturday, March 5 at 9 a.m. PT, Ceja will deliver the opening remarks at "Latin@s in STEM: Vías para la Inclusion (Pathways for Inclusion)" town hall at the Cubberley Auditorium at Stanford University. The town hall is being hosted by Fundacion Televisa (Televisa Foundation), as part of their Commitment to Action, which invests $10 million in a national public awareness campaign to inspire Latino families to support girls in pursuing STEM related careers and in supporting after-school and summer STEM related programs.

The town hall, which will be conducted in Spanish, aims to engage and inform Latino students and families about the importance of STEM education while showcasing the immense career opportunities and pathways to next-generation careers. In addition, Ceja will moderate a panel on STEM career opportunities featuring current Latino students participating in these fields. Portions of the events will be broadcast live by Univision 14 Bay Area.