#LatinoTeachers Share Their Voice on Twitter

By: R.D. Leyva

Last week, The Education Trust released a new report highlighting perspectives from Latino teachers across the country. More than 90 Latino teachers shared experiences about why they teach, their distinct value as Latino educators, and the challenges they face. The report found despite differences among the Latino experience, Latino teachers have a passion for teaching and fostering environments where they – and all their students – can share their cultural backgrounds.

In partnership with Center for American Progress, Salud America, and Education Leaders of Color, The Education Trust hosted a twitter chat on Monday evening. Participants used the hashtag #LatinoTeachers to share their experiences as educators and discuss the strengths and challenges of being a Latino educator. Here’s a recap of the conversation.

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After a few introductions, the conversation kicked off with a discussion about the strengths Latino teachers bring to the classroom. A wide range of strengths were mentioned including Latinos as role models for our growing Latino student population. Additionally, many attendees discussed the multiple benefits Latino teachers bring to not just Latino students, but all students.

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After focusing on our strengths, the conversation addressed other topic areas from the report, including why Latino teachers leave the profession and some of the biggest challenges facing Latino educators.

One theme that emerged from the report and the twitter chat mentioned Latino teachers who are often held to expectations of schools and serving as experts for all Latino communities. In many cases, Latino teachers are asked to step in as translators or provide supports that can place an invisible tax on them.

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To address some of these challenges, the conversation moved toward solutions. We discussed ways districts and administrators can better support Latino teachers. Additionally, we highlighted ideas and support systems for existing Latino teachers.

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The conversation ended by sharing resources and networks to support Latino teachers. Check out some of the resources and organizations mentioned in the conversation:

And don’t forget to tell your friends to join the Latinos for Education network.

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