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About the Prepárate Conference

The Prepárate™: Educating Latinos for the Future of America conference is a part of the College Board's commitment to educational excellence and equity for all students. The College Board and its members are focused on building an educated citizenry prepared to participate in American democracy, society, and economy, and Latino students’ success is crucial to this goal. Since 2007, educators and civic and community leaders have addressed the educational challenges facing Latino Americans. The importance of serving the nation’s growing Latino student population is paramount given that the academic success of these students is crucial to achieving this goal and ensuring an integrated, competitive society. Prepárate is an unparalleled opportunity to discuss issues affecting the education of Latino students now and in the future.

Prepárate highlights national models that are successfully preparing Latino students for college success and life. At the conference, participants discuss new solutions, share best practices and collaborate with colleagues to make a difference for Latino students. Latino K–12 student population growth can be leveraged with the rich cultural history of resilience and succeeding against educational odds. The focus of Prepárate is to provide a platform for educators to present strategies that address the unique cultural and ethnic needs of this important group of students. 

Modelo de la Comunidad

The Modelo de la Comunidad is an award presented to individuals and organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to the improvement of the Latino community and others. While not specifically limited to the field of education, the awardee should be involved in work that encourages an educated society. The recognition is designed to acknowledge and honor the awardees contributions and to highlight their good works. The presentation of the Modelo award at the annual Prepárate conference provides a forum for our community to thank and support these leaders for their tireless advocacy and work to improve lives within our community.


2018—Richard A. Carranza

Richard A. Carranza is chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, the largest school system in the nation. He is responsible for educating 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.

During Carranza’s nearly 30 years in education, he has served in virtually every role. Prior to his work in New York City, he was the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, the largest school district in Texas and the seventh largest in the United States.

He was selected by the National Advisory Committee for PrepárateTM because of his work at the Houston ISD. That work included improving AP participation and performance, increasing parental engagement, tripling the number of college advisors, leading a summit for undocumented students, and coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

2017—Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President, Miami Dade College

2016—The Florida Partnership

2015—James Montoya, The College Board

2015—Alejandra Ceja, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

2014—John Quiñones, ABC News

2014—Soledad O’Brien, Starfish Media, CNN, HBO, Al Jazeera America


2018 Prepárate Committee​

Name Institution
* Yvonne Berumen Pitzer College
* Jesus Jara Orange County Public Schools
Priscilla Alicea Earlham College
Mary Bridges Orange County Public Schools
Jozi De Leon California Polytechnic State University
Aramis Gutierrez Rutgers University
Magdalena "Maggie" Hinojosa The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Jeanette Morales Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities
Joseph Morales University of California Irvine
Jorge Ochoa KIPP Academy Lynn Collegiate
Mari Oropeza Milken Community Schools
Myliss Parker Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District
Heather Rodriguez University of the Incarnate Word
Kenneth Salazar Atrisco Heritage Academy High School

* Prepárate Committee Co-Chair