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Broward County Public Schools Hosts Florida’s First Latinos in Action Leadership Conference

Wednesday, March 08, 2017
 
On Friday, March 10, 2017, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is proud to host the first Latinos in Action Leadership Conference, in Florida. The conference, in partnership with the nationwide organization, will include more than 1,000 Latinos in Action (LiA) students from 35 middle and high schools across Broward, Palm Beach and Orange Counties.

During the 2015/16 school year, with the support of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, BCPS launched the LiA classroom initiative as part of the District’s ongoing commitment to meeting the needs of Broward’s growing Latino community. The course and program focuses on providing Latino students with increased opportunities for educational, service, cultural and leadership experiences, while empowering them to complete their high school education and attend a college or university after graduation. LiA is currently offered at 16 BCPS high schools, and will expand to 32 schools for the 2017/18 school year.

The LiA inaugural Florida Conference theme is Nuestra Voz (Our Voice) and will feature powerful keynote speaker Consuelo Castillo-Kickbusch, a renowned, and influential speaker with a mission to empower the next generation of leaders. Consuelo, a U.S. Army veteran, was the highest ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field. Also featured at the conference is a special presentation by Jean Michel Dissard from I-Learn America. The day will include student performances, and breakout sessions facilitated by university professors and several community partners.

The conference takes place from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431. The opening session begins at 9 a.m.

For more information on “Latinos in Action,” contact Michael Ramirez, Director, Office of School Performance and Accountability, at 754-321-3810. To learn more about the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, visit: http://www.ed.gov/edblogs/hispanic-initiative/.

 
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