Rio Grande Valley Communities Mobilize to Improve Valley Schools
Community Leaders will Dialogue with White House Officials


¡YA! Es Tiempo
Securing Educational Excellence and Equity for All Students in the Rio Grande Valley of

Juan Sepúlveda, director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, will present findings from the initiative’s national listening tour to gather input on the educational needs of the Hispanic community.

A panel of community leaders, school officials, and students will describe unique education needs and assets of the Rio Grande Valley and how the federal government can help address these needs.

Participants will examine data about their schools and develop strategies and commitments they will take to improve schools for children and youth in the Rio Grande Valley.

Participation is by invitation only. Media are welcome.


July 13, 2010 • 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Augusto “Gus” Guerra Elementary School, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD
807 FM 495, Alamo,


In the Rio Grande Valley, at the southernmost tip of Texas, attrition rates exceed 40 percent, and college graduation rates lag behind those of the state by more than 30 percent. In response, a growing number of concerned families and community and school leaders are taking action. At the same time, national public and private foundation efforts have the potential to bring new resources for our communities and schools. ¡YA! Es Tiempo is bringing these efforts together on behalf of children.

New IDRA book also being launched: Courage to Connect – A Quality Schools Action Frameworkshowing how communities and schools can work together to strengthen their capacity to be successful with all of their students. Visit the book’s web page to get a table of contents, excerpt, related podcasts and other resources related to this book: (goes live on July 12).


100 cross-sector education stakeholders, including family and community organization leaders, educators and public school officials, students from sixth grade through college freshmen, foundation representatives and public officials

Contact: Christie L. Goodman, APR, at IDRA, 210-444-1710;