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Friday, September 27 • 9:00am - 10:00am
The Dallas Model

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Lessons from the school district that set the standard for public education reform

Presented by Raise Your Hand Texas. Supported by the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Uber.

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Eva-Marie Ayala

Education Reporter for The Dallas Morning News
Ayala has been a reporter for The Dallas Morning News since 2012 and specializes in local, state and national education news. Prior to joining the Morning News, she covered education, economic development and city government for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for 11 years. Ayala also... Read More →

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Melissa Higginbotham

Board Member at Dallas Kids First
Higginbotham serves on the governing board of Dallas Kids First, an organization focused on the impact of strong school board leadership for student outcomes, where she has led many trustee campaigns. In her work, she advocates for strong leadership at the governance level of Dallas... Read More →
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Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent of Dallas Independent School District
Hinojosa served an initial term as superintendent of Dallas ISD from 2005 to 2011 and returned in 2015. As superintendent, he has begun initiatives in Dallas ISD schools that include early childhood and career and technical education programs. During his more than three-decade career... Read More →
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Miguel Solis

Trustee of the Dallas Independent School District
Solis was elected to the board of Dallas ISD in 2013 and has served as the district’s board president and vice president. Previously, he served as special assistant to the Dallas ISD superintendent and as a public school teacher for Teach for America. Solis is also the co-founder... Read More →
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Todd Williams

CEO and Founder of The Commit Partnership
Williams is the founding chair, CEO and president of The Commit Partnership, an organization dedicated to improving postsecondary education completion levels across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He also served as an education policy adviser to former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and as... Read More →

Friday September 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am CDT
The Driskill Hotel, Citadel