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DCCCD Employees, Students Invited to Attend 'ElevatEd: Education and the Economy' at SMU

A one-day program titled "ElevatEd: Education and the Economy" will be held on Monday, June 4, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., in McFarlin Memorial Auditorium at Southern Methodist University. The conference will explore income inequality, its impact on economic development and how high-quality education for all students contributes to a strong economy. 

Dallas County Community College District employees and students are invited to attend free when they use the promotional code "DCCCD" for registration. A networking lunch is scheduled, and additional registration is required (the cost for lunch is $25 for employees and $5 for students). 

Although registration is available through the day of the conference, space is limited. Visit to sign up. Students are asked to bring a valid student ID to the event. 

Dr. Joe May, DCCCD's chancellor, will discuss "Removing Friction From the Student Experience" during an afternoon presentation. He will talk about the evolution of community colleges, the need to network and leverage resources and the need to become student-centric. 

The Holdsworth Center, based in San Antonio, was founded by Charles Butt, chairman and CEO of H–E–B. The center was created to help public school districts grow effective leaders, with the goal that every classroom and campus in Texas thrives under inspired and dynamic leadership. 

The first morning session features a school superintendent's panel titled "Holdsworth Center Update and District Application Process: Overview and Q&A with Kate Rogers, Executive Vice President of the Holdsworth Center." Superintendents representing Arlington, Grand Prairie and Klein ISDs will participate as panel members. 

The plenary speaker will be Tom Luce, chairman of Texas 2036, who will discuss "Texas Bicentennial 2036: Will We Take Responsibility for Our Future?" 

A late-morning panel on education and the economy will be moderated by Dr. Michael Sorrell, who is president of Paul Quinn College and a member of the Holdsworth Center's governing board. Panelists include: Robert Kaplan, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Mike Morath, commissioner of the Texas Education Agency; Dr. Robert Putnam, Peter and Isabel Malkin professor of public policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government; Dr. Richard Reeves, Senior Fellow in economic studies and co-director of the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institution; and Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of Prairie View A&M University and chair of the Holdsworth Center's governing board. 

The keynote address — "Beyond the Data: What Does the U.S. Need to Do to Catch Up?" — will be delivered by Andreas Scheiler, director for the Directorate of Education and Skills at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

An ElevatEd Showcase — including Dr. May's discussion — of short, dynamic presentations, facilitated by Dr. John Gasko, dean and professor for the School of Education at the University of North Texas at Dallas, comprise the afternoon activities. 

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