Sources and Resources for Additional Information:
- For more on educational data by school, district, or statewide: Georgia Governor's Office of School Achievement
- For additional reports and research about Hispanics/Latinos in the US on topics including demographics, employment, opinions, education, immigration, politics, and social trends, see the Pew Hispanic Center
- For national information on the Latino "educational equity gap", see the Latino Education Equity Index
- For a local UGA center researching the educational achievement gap, see CLASE
- For an example of some of the barriers to higher education faced by undocumented students, see thislocal newspaper article; and to see what some faculty and community members are doing to support such students, see Freedom University's website and related articles like this one from NPR
- To learn more about Latino students at UGA, check out student organizations such as the Hispanic Student Association or LISTo
Possible reflection questions intended for use with this module:
- What from this module resonated with your experiences so far?
- What did not seem to apply to the community or people you’re working with?
- What experiences have you had in working with people who are learning English as their non-native language?
- This module cites research that Latino parents and families highly value education, yet the stereotype persists to the contrary. What are some of the reasons why a teacher might believe that a Latino parent doesn’t care about their child’s education?
- While programs like after-school tutoring can help improve the education of English-learning children, some suggest that these are essentially "band-aids" that mask some of the larger, societal inequities in our educational system. Why? What support for this assertion do you find?
If using the module BEFORE the service-learning experience:
- In what ways did the information from this presentation confirm, or challenge, your expectations or beliefs about the Latino community?
- How might you apply the information from this presentation to your service activity?
- What do you still want to know in order to be prepared for this experience?
If using the module DURING/AFTER the service-learning experience:
- In what way(s) is the Latino population you are working with representative of the so-called “achievement gap”?
- In what ways is it different?
- How might you apply the information from this presentation, as well as your experiences in your service activity, to your future studies, engagement with community, and/or personal development?
- What are you still wondering about that relates to this presentation’s topics and/or your experiences? How might you find more information to help answer your questions?
Modules Supporting Latino Service-Learning