TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION FOR ALL.

We are an education nonprofit devoted to groundbreaking public schools for San Antonio children through powerful partnerships.

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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500

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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1,750

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. 

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. 

 
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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.

 

 

OUR TEAM

DALIA FLORES CONTRERAS
CEO

ADRIANA PICINA RIOS
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ORGANIZER

GLADYS HERNANDEZ
DIRECTOR OF TALENT

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 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 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.

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