PRINCETON, N.J., May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yvette Donado, Senior Vice President, People, Process and Communications, and Chief Administrative Officer at Educational Testing Service (ETS), will address the combined Preparate and A Dream Deferred annual College Board conferences that engage educators, counselors, policymakers, advocates and community leaders to create lasting change for students of diverse backgrounds. The meetings are being held in Chicago on May 1–3, 2013.
Donado leads a group of experts from ETS who will be presenting at these conferences. Her topic is "The New Majority: Educational Imperatives for America's Future."
"Hispanics, African Americans and Asian-American Pacific Islanders are already the majority in major cities around the country — soon they will be the 'New Majority' in our nation as a whole," Donado says. "Our society's future well-being, productivity and global competitiveness can be assured only if we harness their skills, labor, inventiveness and resourcefulness."
Donado's session on May 2 will feature a dialogue about the challenges surrounding these issues with faith, optimism and courage. Participants will learn about new methods and new tools to realize their full potential, including noncognitive attributes, such as leadership, communication, perseverance and organizational skills.
"Besides the economic imperative, a moral imperative must propel us forward," she adds. "Undocumented immigrants and Native Americans need to be part of the national discussion on increased educational opportunity, and their student populations also need to be addressed as well."
Other ETS experts addressing the conference are Fred Cline, Research Supervisor; Ivonne Diaz-Claisse, education advisor and President, HISPA; and Lenora Green, Director of Community Relations. Their presentation is titled "Measuring the Impact of the HISPA Role Model Program."
In this session on May 1, participants will learn about the innovative Role Model Program of HISPA (Hispanics Inspiring Students' Performance and Achievement) in which Latino professionals serve as role models to Latino youth via school presentations about their educational and career experiences. Through a HISPA-ETS collaboration, 300 students from 10 schools who participated in the Role Model Program during the 2011–12 school year responded to a survey about pursuing higher education. The survey also measured the impact of the HISPA role models at the start and end of the school year, as well as after each Role Model Program session. Challenges and results of measuring the success of the program will be discussed during the session.
HISPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for Latino students by working with middle school students to keep them on the path to higher education and inspire them to achieve at the highest level.
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® test and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide. www.ets.org
SOURCE Educational Testing Service