On September 20-21, 2017 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CREEED hosted a two-day summit to discuss the need and opportunities to improve educational attainment in the greater El Paso region. The Choose to Excel Summit convened over 50 regional and national education leaders to discuss data-driven ways to increase the number of El Paso students who graduate from high school with the skills needed to obtain a postsecondary degree or credential.
Topics included diversifying the number of high-performing schools in the region, strengthening the educator talent pipeline, and increasing student and parental engagement. The topics were chosen to specifically address some of the most pressing challenges the region faces in education and to identify opportunities for collaboration.
In addition to El Paso Mayor Dee Margo and community and education leaders from El Paso County, the summit convened representatives from the Texas Education Agency, Teach for America, Excellent Schools New Mexico, Educate Texas, and over eleven state or national public charter school organizations.
The Choose to Excel Summit was the official launch of a continued initiative by CREEED to partner with regional and national organizations to increase educational attainment for El Paso and advance education through innovative and data-driven models of success. The release for the Summit can be found here.