Beatriz Rendón is Vice President of Educational Outreach at Arizona State University (ASU) and Chief Executive Officer of ASU Preparatory Academy charter schools (ASU Prep)., where she is responsible for building and diversifying the pipeline of college going students into ASU. ASU Prep is ASU’s innovative, PreK-12 public charter school, currently serving over 2300 students across a diverse socioeconomic spectrum. ASU Prep aims to integrate elementary, secondary and university courses to provide personalized instruction that advances students as they are ready and accelerates time to degree.
ASU Prep has schools in urban, suburban and rural communities and provides teaching and learning in three modalities: in person, blended (face-to-face using digital content) and full digital. The in-person modalities are present in urban Phoenix and suburban Mesa, Arizona. ASU Prep Phoenix has a non-white majority student population of which 70% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. It was a “turnaround” school when it was inherited as a failing school in 2009 but is currently a high performing school. ASU Prep STEM PreK-12 Academies are physically located on ASU’s Polytechnic campus in Mesa, Arizona. ASU Prep’s mission and achievements to date illustrate that students from all socio-economic backgrounds can achieve a four-year university degree, compete globally and contribute to their communities. Most recently, ASU Prep realized a 100% high school graduation rate and 100% post-secondary attainment rate across its network. The blended learning instruction is currently deployed in Tempe, rural Casa Grande and rural Miami, Arizona. This fall ASU Prep is launching its digital modality with ASU Prep Digital HS which is serving students statewide, nationally and internationally. Beatriz is currently leading expansion plans to significantly increase ASU Prep’s footprint to scale and impact the college going pipeline through innovative programming and partnerships within and outside of ASU Prep charter schools.
As the former Executive Director of Strategic Alliances for the Critical Path Institute, Beatriz provided leadership and philanthropic development support to scientific researchers working on pre-competitive biomarkers for important diseases. Beatriz also served as the Chief Business Officer for the Tucson Unified School District, the second largest district in Arizona, where she managed an operating budget of $360 million and helped resolve multi-million dollar deficits. From 1995-2007 Beatriz worked in several executive capacities at the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the country, including leading “Renaissance 2010,” an initiative that launched in 2005 with the goal of opening 100 new, independently operated schools by 2010. By 2007, prior to moving back to the southwest, 83 schools had been opened under Renaissance 2010.
Beatriz is a Commissioner for the President’s Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and is also a Fall 2015 Fellow of the Pahara Aspen Education Fellowship program. Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Beatriz is a first-generation college student, second-generation Mexican American. She holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona in Political Science, a Masters of Public Policy from the University Of Chicago Harris School Of Public Policy, and a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Beatriz is fluent in Spanish, and is also an accomplished saxophonist. She and her husband are parents of five children ages 10 to 18.