21 Aug Utah Educator Institute Recap
This blog post was written by Ivan Cardenas, Regional Program Manager for the Utah Central area.
As a former LIA teacher, I recall 8 years ago when I attended an LIA teacher training. It wasn’t called Educator Institute, but I always left empowered, inspired, and ready to go make a difference in the life of a student, classroom, school, or community. Fast forward 8 years later, I find myself here as the Regional Program Manager for central Utah.
I have to say, after having been a witness of LIA’s exponential growth not only in the number of schools but the way it has matured is definitely impressive. There is a small army of talented people who put their heart and souls into making sure the entire famiLIA is successful.
Latinos In Action is now a reputable organization with the power to enable teachers and students to accomplish incredible things. Student success is the purpose of LIA as its mission clearly states: “Empowering Latino youth to lead and strengthen their communities through college and career readiness.” With that statement comes LIA’s commitment to empower not only students but their master teachers as well. This year’s Educator Institutes in Florida and Utah did just that with an awesome keynote speaker, practical workshops, speed networking, a brand new curriculum, and my personal favorite: ‘Back to basics.’ I cannot exclude LIA’s generosity as teachers and their families stayed overnight at the Double Tree by Hilton in beautiful Park City, Utah.
The bottom line to this brief reflection about the latest Educator Institute is that the core foundation of LIA is essentially to empower those whose hearts have a genuine interest in LIA students.
Teachers are the key to student success.
They are also people who are committed to the mission of LIA but they too need empowerment,
and new tools to do what they do best.
That is what this year’s Educator Institute did: Empower teachers so they can shape the future of our country by educating our youth.
I am very proud and honored to be part of Latinos in Action.
Thank you, teachers!
With much respect:
Ivan E. Cardenas