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East Austin College Prep Administrator Named National Institute of Latino School Leaders Fellow

Jaime Huerta

Jaime Huerta at NCLR headquarters in Washington, D.C., March, 2015

Mr. Jaime Huerta, Assistant Superintendent/Principal of East Austin College Prep was one of fifteen educators nationwide selected from a competitive pool of applicants to become a 2015 Fellow for the National Institute for Latino School Leaders (NILSL).

NILSL, launched in 2011 by National Council of La Raza (NCLR) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is the only institute that trains school administrators to advocate for national and state level policies that strengthen the education of Latino students and English Language Learners (ELL).

“It has been a good opportunity to network with other school leaders throughout the nation that are serving diverse populations and specifically English Language Learners,” says Huerta.

This fellowship will equip the Fellows with the advocacy and communication skills needed to promote an equitable policy agenda and serve as spokespersons for NCLR.

“I hope to learn more about how to advocate for our children and their families effectively so that I can bring that back to East Austin says Huerta. “It is important for our community to share their stories so that our leaders can know from a first hand perspective how their policy decisions impact their constituents.”

Jaime Huerta

Mr. Huerta speaks to students at Jain Ln. Campus about the importance of S.T.A.A.R testing.

“We are more than confident that the NILSL fellows will use their combined strengths and passions to serve as impeccable leaders,” says Margaret R. McLeod, Deputy Vice President of Education and Workforce Development for NCLR. “With their strong voices, they will improve the educational environment for Latino students not only in their local school systems, but also on a national level.”

Over the course of the year, Mr. Huerta will receive training to serve as a NCLR spokesperson and active agent in the policymaking process. He will wrap up his fellowship with a signature presentation of a policy memo to a panel of national experts. Through this fellowship, he’s had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles, CA and Washington D.C. to meet with other fellows and engage in professional development sessions.

“I am grateful for NCLR and the many opportunities they provide our students and teachers. Their resources definitely supplement our efforts to ensure that education is an opportunity of lifelong empowerment for our students and their families,” says Huerta.