TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION FOR ALL.

Race and economic background should never be a predictor of life outcomes and we won’t stop until every child in San Antonio’s urban core has the opportunity to flourish.

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES

We believe addressing San Antonio’s education equity gap requires investments in both the creation of high-quality schools and empowered communities and we live into this purpose each day through our driving values. 

 

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CREATE THE FUTURE

LIFT VOICES

BUILD CAPACITY

We do our work together with the community, building their power to advocate for their children and the children of San Antonio

  

We keep students at the center of our work and have the deliberate courage to act both with urgency and with the long view in mind.

  

We build and invest in collaborative partnerships with mission-aligned people and organizations in order to increase our impact together

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INNOVATE

ELEVATE INSIGHTS

LIVE OUT EQUITY

We invest in, test, refine, and scale new ideas, models, and concepts.

We ground our work in data, including the lived experience of families, teachers, and educational leaders, simultaneously building the capacity of our city to have these insights guide the path forward.

We live out equity within our organization and advance equity across the city.

OUR WORK

When CEP launched in 2015, only 6,100 students in San Antonio's urban core attended schools  with a TEA Rating of "A" or "B". In 2018-19, that number of students increased to 34,178.  With the strength of our partners, we have achieved major accomplishments the past six years. We have more to do, together, though.

 

 SINCE 2015, WE HAVE INVESTED OVER $40 Million To Support San Antonio’s Education Ecosystem. Together we have:

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Created 14,064 high quality seats within San Antonio's urban core.

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Recruited teachers to the urban core through Educate210.

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Trained 500 parents through CEP initiatives.

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410

Empowered 410 educators to receive a Master's degree through RELAY Graduate School of Education.

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Provided 1750 families and students access to home WiFi through the Connected Beyond the Classroom initiative.

 

WHY INVEST IN EDUCATION

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ECONOMIC GROWTH

According to the Brookings Institute, wages of college graduates grow faster with city size than do wages of those without college degrees. In addition, highly educated workers adapt more readily to new technologies and are better able than less-educated workers to thrive in large cities where those technologies are more available. High-tech industries, high-skilled manufacturing industries, and finance industries often require a college education. 

 
 
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CREATING HIGH QUALITY
SCHOOLS

Creating high quality schools takes time, effort, and community involvement. By investing in turnaround schools, incubating new schools, and scaling successful programs, we work to expand innovative models for families across the city.

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EMPOWERING PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

Great schools require community involvement. As an organization dedicated to equity, we are focused on ensuring parent empowerment through the provision of San Antonio School Finder, PASEO, and MindShiftED.    

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CREATING SUPPORT STRUCTURES

It is critical that schools and families have the tools they need to create an environment where children can flourish. To achieve long-term classroom success, City Education Partners is dedicated to making investments that create a more equitable and accessible system.

 

 

In the Classroom

ABOUT US

Creating lasting change within San Antonio's education ecosystem requires a multi-faceted approach. Over the past six years, CEP has implemented innovative programs aimed at investing in student success from the classroom to the living room. 

OUR TEAM

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DALIA FLORES CONTRERAS
CEO

Dalia Flores Contreras is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at City Education Partners (CEP). Contreras grew up on the Westside of San Antonio and is a graduate of both Palo Alto College (PAC) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). She holds a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UTSA.
 

She has more than 16 years of experience in education and has served in a variety of roles — from classroom teacher to superintendent of schools. She had the opportunity to study, learn and work in the education ecosystem of Texas, Illinois and Oklahoma in both district and charter public school systems.

ADRIANA PECINA-RIOS
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZER

Adriana Pecina-Rios is the Community Engagement Organizer at City Education Partners. Adriana grew up in the border town of McAllen, Texas and is a first generation college graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University. 

Adriana has worked across various fields of social services for the past 10 years always serving the children, students, and families of our community. Adriana is driven by the passion of working alongside the San Antonio community and believes in the power of a collaborative community to propel change.

GLADYS HERNANDEZ
DIRECTOR OF TALENT

Gladys Karen Hernández is a trilingual Latina rooted in community with expertise working with a diverse network of multi-sector organizations, institutions, and corporations to identify opportunity within and across education systems. Gladys has served in executive roles of educational leadership inspiring civically minded individuals to become advocates and leaders in the San Antonio education community and beyond. Growing up a first-generation college graduate, it is Gladys' belief that all students deserve to learn, thrive, and grow.

Gladys holds a Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio and a Masters in Business Administration from St. Mary's University.

 

OUR BOARD

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KEN HALLIDAY

President

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TIFFANY GRANT

Secretary

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CHRIS BARBIC

Treasurer

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JON HINOJOSA

Trustee

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PRISCILLA CAMACHO

Trustee

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