Dr. Kishimoto Appointed to Board Of Latino Superintendents Association

SPOTLIGHT On EXCELLENCE    Issue 24     March 2013

Dr. Kishimoto Appointed to Board Of Latino Superintendents Association

Hartford Superintendent Christina M. Kishimoto has been named to the Board of Directors of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), a national leadership group dedicated to assuring that every school effectively serves the educational needs of all students with an emphasis on Latino youth.  The appointment was made last week at a board meeting in Los Angeles that was held in conjunction with the National Conference on Education.  Superintendent Kishimoto will be the board representative for the New England Region and plans to concentrate her efforts on expanding STEM initiatives (science, technology, engineering and math) and English Language Learner success in mastering the new Common Core Standards.
“I am thrilled and honored to have been named to the board of ALAS,” the superintendent said.  “It offers a unique opportunity to work alongside Latino superintendents across the country to shape and influence education policy and bring positive change to the learning environment.”
 
Dr. Kishimoto, who redesigned and supervised 26 schools as part of the Hartford Public Schools multi-year strategy to close the achievement gap, was named superintendent in February 2011.  Her appointment took effect July 1, 2011.  Since then, she has established three educational goals that build on the district’s success in closing the achievement gap over the past five years: The Third Grade Promise, the Middle Years Redesign and College and Career Readiness.  The Third Grade Promise proposes to have every child in Hartford Public Schools reading at grade level by third grade.  The Middle Years Redesign implements a variety of successful practices in preparing middle-grade students for the rigors of a high school curriculum.  College and Career Readiness requires that all high school students take the PSAT and SAT college entrance examinations and uses the results to prepare students for success in college.  In December, Hartford Public Schools received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to expand the partnership, developed under Dr. Kishimoto, between the Jumoke and Achievement First charter school organizations.  Last month, Dr. Kishimoto launched the Hartford Promise college access program and scholarship fund with $4.1 million from members of Hartford’s corporate and philanthropic community.
 
"Dr. Kishimoto's experience in transforming the Hartford Public Schools to close achievement gaps will be a tremendous asset to ALAS as we move forward in improving the education experience for Latino students across the United States,” said Veronica Rivera, ALAS Executive Director.  “We look forward to working with such a well-respected innovator in education."
 
ALAS was established in 2003 in response to a lack of national advocacy and representation for Latino students and has three primary areas of focus: Professional development programs for superintendents, principals and other administrators; Information sharing around innovative and successful learning strategies; Policy Advocacy to ensure high standards and quality in public education.  It is estimated that Latino children will make up 25 percent of the school-age population in the United States by the year 2025.  Latinos have already reached that level in the nation’s largest states – California, Texas, Florida and New York.
 
For more information, see http://www.alasedu.net/
 
(ALAS not only serves as an acronym for the Association of Latino Administrators & Superintendents but was intentionally selected as a word in the Spanish language that means wings.  It is our hope that the Association will generate wings to success for Latino educators.)

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