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We are going to host the Texas Summit on Implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas Schools. The summit is organized by the National Association for Chicana & Chicano Studies (NACCS) regional conference, Tejas Foco, and the Committee on Mexican American Studies (MAS) Pre-K–12 Education. The one-day event will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017. The summit is free and open to all educators and community members who are interested in participating in creating a strategic plan for implementing Mexican American Studies in Texas schools.
Mexican American and Latinos students comprise 51.3% of school-aged children in the state of Texas and this demographic is expected to grow to 67% by 2050 according to the Hobby Center. Educational research has shown that students who take Mexican American, and other Ethnic Studies courses are more academically engaged, graduate from high school at higher rates, score better on standardized tests, and achieve higher grades in all of their courses. The Texas State Board of Education allows individual school districts and schools the option of implementing Mexican American and other Ethnic Studies courses. Textbooks and instructional materials focusing on Mexican American, Native American, African American and Asian American Studies are currently in development.
The goals of the Texas Summit on Implementing MAS in Texas Schools are to identify institutional barriers, establish priorities, and develop plan of action for the implementation of Mexican American Studies in Texas schools from Pre-K to 12th grade and for increasing access to MAS courses and content within the broader community.
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NACCS Tejas Foco Committee on Mexican American Studies in PreK-12 Education