NCLR to Host Latino Leadership Briefing on Arizona’s College- and Career-Ready Standards

June 23 2014


Camila Gallardo

(305) 215-4259

Panelists to offer insight on the benefits of standards for Latino students, challenges and opportunities in implementation

TUCSON, Ariz.—On Thursday, June 26, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., NCLR (National Council of La Raza), in partnership with the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will host a Latino leadership briefing to discuss the impact of educational standards on Arizona students and Hispanic students in particular. Panelists, which include policy experts, educators and business leaders, will provide their perspective on how Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards have been implemented in their communities and discuss their challenges, benefits and opportunities. Following the panel presentation, audience members will engage in a question-and-answer session.

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards are an effort to establish a set of higher academic standards for English language arts and mathematics that will help students hone the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to meet the challenges of an evolving and increasingly competitive global job market. This educational shift helps set across-the-board standards that ensure a level playing field for all students regardless of race, ethnicity or ZIP code.

The afternoon session will provide a unique opportunity to hear a variety of perspectives on Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards, including the evolution of standards implementation in Arizona, how teachers and students have adapted to the shift in learning, the important role of parents, testing and measures, among other topics.

Media are encouraged to attend. To confirm attendance, please contact Camila Gallardo at or (305) 215-4259.


Latino leadership briefing on Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards

Thursday, June 26, 2014
3:30–5:30 p.m.

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
823 E Speedway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719

Moderator: Leticia de la Vara, Senior Strategist, NCLR
Stephen Trejo, Principal, CE Rose Elementary
Magdalena Verdugo, Vice President, School Readiness, Chicanos Por La Causa
Dr. Manny Valenzuela, Superintendent, Sahuarita Unified School District
Lea Márquez-Peterson, President/CEO, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. For more information on NCLR, please visit or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.