Module 3: Latino Education

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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:

  1. What from this module resonated with your experiences so far?
  2. What did not seem to apply to the community or people you’re working with? 
  3. What experiences have you had in working with people who are learning English as their non-native language?
  4. 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?
  5. 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:

  1. In what ways did the information from this presentation confirm, or challenge, your expectations or beliefs about the Latino community?
  2. How might you apply the information from this presentation to your service activity?
  3. 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:

  1. In what way(s) is the Latino population you are working with representative of the so-called “achievement gap”?
  2. In what ways is it different?
  3. 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?
  4. 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?
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