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Join our webinar to discuss the challenges and opportunities that face K-12 educators during this unprecedented time of COVID-19. We have assembled a panel of Texas school district administrators and educators to share their guidance and resources on how to work together to support the educational needs of Male Students of Color as we begin the new school year.
Abigail Tarango | @BAbigailTarango
Director for Special Projects and Strategic Initiatives
Ysleta Independent School District
Abigail Tarango serves as an administrator with the Ysleta ISD in El Paso, Texas. Abigail works in a cross-functional leadership capacity and strategic role supporting the Superintendent and Executive Cabinet with various special projects and initiatives to include, Facilities and Construction, Bond Referendums, Internal and External Stakeholder Relationships, and much more. Throughout her career, Abigail has been an educator at the preschool, high school, and post-secondary level, including a faculty role with TRiO Upward Bound at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), and with Texas A&M AgriLife as an Extension Educator for El Paso County. At a local level, she has served as a Board Member with El Paso Center for Children, Goodwill of El Paso, Inc., a member of Junior League of El Paso, works closely with Wise Latina International (WLI), and maintains an active role in building bridges between other organizations that serve the Southwest Borderland area. At a state and national level, Abigail has served in various committees and roles for the Texas Association of Superintendents and Administrators (TASA), an active member and protégé of the Texas Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (TALAS), Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), and an Advisory Council Board Member for the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. She was named as one of 10 scholarships nationally in 2017 as a recipient of Women Leading Education (WLE) Across Continents by the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Abigail is also a mama of three teenagers, a doctoral candidate at New Mexico State University (NMSU), a published author, a scholar, speaker/presenter, and advocate for education (PreK-12 Public Education and Post-secondary Education).
Kenneth D. Davis, Ed.D. | @krollins41
Houston Independent School District
Dr. Davis most recently was the Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Outreach; principal at Jack Yates High School, School Support Officer, and principal at Dowling (now Lawson) Middle School. He has been in education for the past 29 years; the past 9 years in HISD. Dr. Davis credits his long lasting career in education to building relationships, honoring education for all students, growing and developing teachers, and working to build strong instructional and visionary leaders. He works countless hours teaching at the University of Houston to guide instructional leaders and at the Houston Community College to build reading skills for students that struggle. He speaks and presents to future leaders across the city and has worked with organizations to build and support future administrators through Columbia University, Birmingham City Schools, and mentors current principals, deans, assistant principals, instructional specialists, and teachers.
Executive Director for High Schools
Austin Independent School District
Ty J. Davidson was born in Brownsville, TX to Mr. and Mrs. Jerrold R. Davidson. He is married to Monica V. Davidson and is the father of three children, Gage, Cade and Isla Davidson. After graduating with an Honors Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas and a Master’s in Education from Texas State University, Davidson served at all levels of public education over the course of twenty years. Currently, he is the Executive Director for High Schools in the Austin Independent School District. As an educational leader, he helped start Early College High Schools in Austin, was a charter member of My Brother’s Keeper and led the inaugural Project MALES campus. His current responsibilities include coaching and supporting secondary leaders as they prepare students for college, career and life.
Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos | @jaramos_jr
Board President – District 1
Fort Worth Independent School District
Jacinto A. Ramos, Jr. is a national, state, and community leader. He is a proven leader on educational policy, racial/ethnic equity and school board governance. Jacinto is the chair of the 2019-2020 Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) as well as the president of the Mexican American School Boards Association. Born and raised on the North Side of Fort Worth, Jacinto is a product of immigrant parents from Mexico, devoting countless hours to the cause of providing a voice to the disengaged and the disenchanted youths of today. Bridging the silos of activism, leadership, and community engagement, Jacinto earned a spot on the Fort Worth Independent School District’s School Board of Trustees in June, 2013. Two years later, he reached an historic milestone becoming the youngest board president from his District. In addition to his leadership roles in CUBE and MASBA, he is now one of 22 school board members in the country to have a seat at the National School Board Association (NSBA) table. He is on track to complete his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration Fall of 2020.