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Delivered by Distinguished Speaker Maria Carstarphen, Austin Independent School District Superintendent. As the face of public education changes, educators must meet students where they are to prepare for the future—today. The Austin Independent School District serves more than 86,000 students amid changing demographics: Two out of three are from economically disadvantaged families; one in three is learning English; and one in 10 is in special education. For some, AISD is a high-quality pipeline to college and success. For others, AISD is their first connection with the U.S. education system. Serving this range of students in a competitive environment requires honest dialogue and innovative partnerships—from college-preparatory initiatives to Spanish-language, educational programs. Join Superintendent Meria Carstarphen to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing urban school districts through the lens of AISD, which is bringing its diverse communities together to strengthen support for all students. Learn about culturally relevant strategies to authentically engage communities and meet families where they are today—with a keen eye on the future.

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