The LEC works to increase and retain the number of quality Latinx education professionals in K-12. As part of our strategy to develop and support quality Latinx educators, the LEC will be hosting its second annual professional and leadership development conference (Evolución) for Latinx education professionals (and friends).

Last year, Evolución brought in speakers like Dr. Hector Rivera, Assistant Professor at Texas A & M; India Wells- Carter, Program Manager, TNTP; a panel discussion that included local education leaders; and Porter Ellett, Senior Assistant to Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs Head Coach. This year’s speaker line-up will bring in both local and national education leaders to facilitate conversations around myriad topics including: the importance of building community in classrooms, schools, and districts; culturally responsive curriculum; retention strategies for teachers of color; and addressing issues surrounding educator quality.

This conference is designed for:

  • Existing Latinx education professionals looking for culturally responsive professional development
  • Future Latinx education professionals looking to grow their professional networks and explore career pathways and opportunities
  • Educators that teach in school districts with large Latinx student populations and are looking to improve their efficacy
  • Educators of color that are looking to grow their professional networks with other educators of color and acquire culturally responsive resiliency strategies 


UMKC Atterbury Student Success Center, 5000 Holmes, Kansas City, MO, 6411o


November 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Breakfast and lunch included.


○ 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. | Registration/Breakfast
○ 10:00 – 10:15 a.m. | LEC Welcome with Edgar Palacios, CEO & Founder of Latinx Education Collaborative
○ 10:15 – 10:55 a.m. | “Our History, Our Power” Morning Keynote with Dr. Francisco Guajardo, CEO, Museum of South Texas History 
○ 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Morning Breakout Sessions:

  1. Room 237 | Trauma Informed Classrooms, Melanie Arroyo
  2. Room 236 | Community & Family Engagement at KCPS: A Replicable Model, Eva Santiago
  3. Room 238 | Building Solidarity Between Marginalized Groups to Combat White Supremacy and Other Inequities
  4. Pierson Auditorium | Cultivating Accomplices in Support of Latinx Students

○ 11:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. | Networking & Lunch
○ 12:10 – 12:40 p.m. | Latinas Represent! Luncheon Panel with Selina Rios, Susana Elizarraraz, Cecilia Cuevas, & Cecilia-Ananya Belser-Patton
○ 12:45 – 1:30 p.m. | Afternoon Breakout Sessions:

  1. Room 238 | Meet Me in the Middle. Avoiding Acculturation of Latinx Students in Schools, Marta Silva-Serrano
  2. Room 237 | Self Care for the Latinx Educator, Melanie Arroyo
  3. Room 236 | Community & Family Engagement at KCPS: A Replicable Model, Eva Santiago
  4. Room 102 | Latinx Educator Needs Discussion, Daniel Velazquez
  5. Pierson Auditorium | Identity, Bias and the Fundamental Attribution Error, Ivan Nieves

○ 1:35 – 2:05 p.m. | Latinx Educators: A San Antonio Perspective Afternoon Keynote with Ashleigh Dennis, San Antonio Independent School District
○ 2:05 – 2:35 p.m. | The Importance of Latinx Representation in EducationClosing keynote with Marco Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
○ 2:35 – 3:00 p.m. | Closing

If you would like a scholarship to attend the event, please email Edgar Palacios at

The LEC would like to thank the following Evolucion steering committee members for their support of this event: Susana Elizarraraz, Chair; Roberto Diaz; Elizabeth Janzen; Eva Santiago; Juan Carlos Lara; Mia Monarca; Iván Ramirez; and Marta Silva