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On Thursday, May 14, the Texas Faces the Future Distinguished Lecture returns as the Honorable John K. Dietz outlines the constitutional standards of adequacy, suitability, efficiency, and de facto statewide ad valorem property taxation. Judge Dietz will be joined with commentary from the Honorable Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair of the Texas House Public Education Committee, and David Hinojosa, National Director of Policy with IDRA. The public discussion will be moderated by TCEP Director, Dr. Valenzuela. The lecture flier may be accessed here (JPG File).


Measuring Up: A Statewide Conversation on High-Stakes Testing & Accountability

Join us for a forum on public education in Texas, September 24, 2012, at The University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs: Roundtable, Q&A and Reception. Free and open to the public. Read more about Measuring Up.


By all accounts, we had a hugely successful conference on February 9, 2011 titled “Leading the Nation: A Texas Retrospective on Educational Reform,” segments of which we plan to post to our website sometime in the coming weeks.  The magic, of course, was the incredible team effort it took to pull it all together masterfully and the quality of the presentations together with the conference framework itself.  That is, for the audience, it was helpful to see what the differences are between the worlds of scholars and researchers and those of policymakers.  TCEP also showed how its approach to policy that we term, “engaged policy,” has potential to positively shape education reform in ways that are research-based, community-oriented, and inclusive.  Compliments of our partner, IXL Media Group, the conference program may be accessed here Get Adobe Reader.

Related news reports from our Leading the Nation conference:


TCEP hosted a very well attended, heartwarming celebration of the life and work of the Honorable William Wayne Justice before his passing.  The title of the conference was “The State of Education for English Language Learners in Texas.”  It was held on Friday, May 15, 2009 in the Texas Union Ballroom at the University of Texas at Austin.  State Representative Roberto Alonzo, speaking on behalf of Senator Leticia Van de Putte address the audience on the topic of educational equity in the state of Texas together with legislative initiatives that he and the Senator support, including bilingual education programs and teacher development.  Excellent presentations on the state of English language learners were made by Professors Alba Ortiz, Rebecca Callahan, Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Athens but now at the University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin.  The event was well attended and was followed by a lovely toast to Judge Justice’s legacy as a champion for English language learners, immigrant youth, and the underserved of our nation.


On April 19-20, 2007, together with Dean Douglas Dempster of the College of Fine Arts, TCEP co-sponsored a K-16 Arts Education Summit, gathering a statewide audience in order to address such topics as arts integration in the schools, access to arts education in our public schools, cognition and the arts, and the status of arts education policy in Texas.  We were very pleased and honored to have Harvard University Professor Ellen Winner with us on these two days.  The title of her Texas Faces the Future Distinguished Lecture presentation was “The Aims of Arts Education.”  On the following morning, she presented on “Exemplary Arts Education Programs.”  Other highlights were a luncheon keynote by Dr. Melissa Rivera from City University of New York, Hunter College and an afternoon presentation by Michael Kimmelman, chief arts critic for the New York Times.


On November 9, 2006, TCEP held its inaugural Texas Faces the Future Distinguished Lecture in the Santa Rita Room of the Texas Union with a lecture that featured Harvard Professor Gary Orfield (now at the University of California at Los Angeles) titled, “The College Access Crisis and the Role of Affirmative Action: Texas and the Nation.”