December 2011 Archives

Talk and Discussion: "Establishing High Expectations and Inclusiveness in the Curriculum and Classroom Culture"

As part of commemorating the 40th anniversary of Chicano Studies, for the months of November and December, we are focusing on Latinos and Education in our communications and events. Please see info below about an event next Thursday. There are supporting documents at the end of the write up.

Please join us on THURSDAY December 15TH AT 4:30 PM, at El Colegio Charter School for a lecture given by national scholar Marcos Pizarro.

Marco Pizarro wrote the book, Chicanas and Chicanos in School: Racial Profiling, Identity Battles and Empowerment.

Culturally relevant curriculum and culturally competent instruction and instructors matter. While many can agree with this point in theory, ensuring it to be a reality proves to be a different and more complicated story. We hope you can join us in this discussion-it promises to be a great event.

Please pass on the info to others you think might be interested-including and particularly for those who have, work with or can bring older youth to the event.
MN Statistics:
From the MN Minority Education Project (MMEP):
Most recent (2009) "State of Students of Color and American Indian Students"

A bit dated (2006), but provides significant info about Latino success (and lack thereof) in both the metro area and rural MN.
"Latino Students in Our Public Schools: A Closer Look"
Center for Rural Policy and Development. Click on "Education" and this report is the 2nd link.


From the Pew Hispanic Research Center:

"Latinos and Education: Explaining the Attainment Gap" by Mark Hugo Lopez

Nearly nine-in-ten (89%) Latino young adults say that a college education is important for success in life, yet only about half that number-48%-say that they themselves plan to get a college degree, according to a new national survey of Latinos by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center.

The biggest reason for the gap between the high value Latinos place on education and their more modest aspirations to finish to read full article


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