Latinos for Education gathers, lifts, and activates the collective Latino community voice on issues impacting Latino students and families. We aim to influence decision-making and be decision-makers in our regions of Massachusetts and Greater Houston as well as nationally.

ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS

Educator Diversity Act

For students of color to thrive in the classroom, they need to see themselves represented in their teachers and role models. Research shows that students perform better and have a more positive experience in school when the educators throughout our education system reflect and mirror the demographics of our students.

In Massachusetts, we’re leading the charge to diversify the educator pipeline from attraction to retention. Learn more about the Massachusetts Educator Diversity Act.

Read more here.

#TECHPARATODOS 

Latinos for Education is mobilizing key stakeholders to help close the digital divide across the Commonwealth for vulnerable Latino families and students. Currently, there are thousands of students across Massachusetts who still need reliable devices, equitable broadband access, and digital literacy training for them and their families. Help us provide #TechParaTodos by donating, signing and sharing our campaign. 

Read more here.

REPORTS and PUBLICATIONS

LATINO EDUCATION IN THE TIME OF COVID: The Pandemic’s Unique Impact on Latino Students and Families in Massachusetts

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Latino community. In order to highlight the Latino experience and identify needs and solutions, Latinos for Education gathered the perspective from about 350 Latinos in Massachusetts (Spanish-speaking families, teachers, school leaders, and multi-sector leaders) on how COVID-19 is uniquely impacting Latino students and families. We also asked Latinos to share insights for solutions to support the Latino community through this pandemic. The findings informed this report.

Read more here.

LATINO EDUCATION IN THE TIME OF COVID: The Pandemic’s Unique Impact on Latino Students and Families in Greater Houston

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Latino community. In order to highlight the Latino experience and identify needs and solutions, Latinos for Education gathered the perspective from about 400 Latinos in Greater Houston (Spanish-speaking families, teachers, school leaders, and multi-sector leaders) on how COVID-19 is uniquely impacting Latino students and families. We also asked Latinos to share insights for solutions to support the Latino community through this pandemic. The findings informed this report.

Read more here.

National Principles for a Latino Education Agenda

If we, as a nation, are going to meet the demands of the 21st-century global economy, we must ensure that all Latino children have the education and skills necessary to maintain our competitive advantage in the world.

Decisions about educating Latino students must include the voices of those closest to our students: Latino educators. Latino educators have identified the following three principles as critical to closing both the opportunity and achievement gaps and ensuring Latino success in education and beyond.

  1. Early Childhood Access
  2. Increased Representation of Latino Education Leaders
  3. College Access and Attainment

Read more here.

MIRRORS FOR LATINX STUDENTS: Attracting and Retaining Latinx Teachers in Massachusetts

Research shows that a key factor holding back students’ potential is that the adults throughout our education system do not mirror the demographics of our schools. When Latino students have teachers with the same background, these teachers reflect the same culture as students – which creates an environment for students to have their identity affirmed.

The system has not evolved to support the state’s rapidly growing Latino community or acknowledge its strength and potential. The implication is that a Latino child in Massachusetts may never encounter a Latino teacher between kindergarten and 12th grade. The end result is that few Latino students are being prepared to succeed in school, careers, and life.

Read more here.