Latino Education in the Trump Era

An EWA Spanish-Language Convening

September 10-11, 2017


12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Lunch,  Welcome

Icebreaker - Adriana Cardona, Univisión Chicago

1:30-2:30 p.m. – Higher Education: Affordability and Completion
The good news: Latinos are enrolling in postsecondary education at higher rates. The bad news: Latinos are behind other demographic groups in graduating from college with four-year degrees. What are the main hurdles faced by Latinos and what would it take to boost Latino college completion? What role does college affordability play?:

José Luis Cruz, Lehman College, CUNY

Mildred García, California State University, Fullerton

Michele Siqueiros,  Campaign for College Opportunity

Adolfo Guzmán-López, KPCC (moderator)

2:30 p.m. – Break

2:45-3:45 p.m.  – A Walk Through Higher Ed Data

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System is a set of data collected by the U.S. Department of Education. All institutions that receive federal student financial aid are required to report their data on enrollment, college completion, graduation rates, student financial aid and other valuable information. An expert walks journalists through how to use IPEDS to inform stories and graphics.

Delma Ramos, University of Denver

4:00-4:45 p.m. –  What to Look for in State ESSA plans
Every state is revamping its approach to school accountability in response to the Every Student Succeeds Act, a rewrite of federal law that hands states and localities far greater flexibility. So far, 17 states have submitted new accountability plans for review by the U.S. Department of Education; the rest will submit plans by Sept. 18. What should journalists look for when reporting on those plans? Experts offer a roadmap and help reporters better understand key issues and questions to keep in mind.

Allyson Osorio, UnidosUS

5:00-5:45  p.m.  –  Future Tense: Key Stories to Look for in the Coming School Year

Veteran journalists on the education beat offer advice on important issues to cover in the 2017-18 school year, as well as insights and strategies to produce compelling stories.

Claudio Sanchez, NPR

Marilyn Garateix, Latino Ed Beat (moderator)

6:15 p.m. – Dinner/Reception


8:00-9:00 a.m. – Breakfast

9:00 a.m.-10 a.m. – Taking Stock of Charter Schools

A rapidly rising  number of Hispanic students attend public charter schools around the U.S., with nearly 840,000 as of the 2014-15 school year. In some urban centers, such as Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, D.C., they serve sizable shares of Latino families. What’s been the impact of this shift away from traditional public schools on students and communities? Why and how do families choose schools? What should journalists make of concerns expressed from some civil rights advocates that charters are increasing segregation by race and ethnicity?

Ernesto Cantú, IDEA Public Schools

Myrna Castrejón,  Great Public Schools Now

Luis A. Huerta, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Louis Malfaro, AFT-Texas

Esmeralda Fabián Romero, LA School Report en Español (moderator)

10:15-11:00 a.m.  – What Role Will School Vouchers Play?

Expanding school choice is a top educational priority of the Trump administration, including with plans to create a $250 million school voucher initiative, and speculation that tuition tax credits may be included in a tax-code overhaul. Some recent survey data indicate a majority of Hispanic families support vouchers, and that they prefer to send their children to private schools. What’s ahead for private school choice policy? To what extent do Hispanic families participate in choice programs? What are the implications of the survey data on political support and participation in such initiatives?

Raquel Mamani, Save Our Schools Arizona

Tammy Olivas, Hispanics for School Choice

Moderator: Ruben Tapia, Radio Bilingue

11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. – The Truth Behind the Shadows – Undocumented and in Higher Ed

Amid high-profile discussions and debates on the fate of undocumented students, what is known about the volume of such students enrolled in higher education institutions, where they are enrolled, and their educational experiences? We also explore some of the most salient public policy issues at play and how decisions at the federal, state, and local levels will impact the education and lives of Latino students.

Ana Miriam Barragán, University of California, Irvine

Maria Kuripet, University of Kansas

Julian Lucas, University of California, Berkeley

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, University of California, Los Angeles

Claudio Sánchez, NPR (moderator)

12:30-1:15 p.m. – Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m. – The Impact of ICE Raids on the Education of Children

We go beyond the headlines and political rhetoric to explore the on-the-ground reality for families and educators dealing with the trauma that deportations of loved ones have on children. At the same time, we bring together multiple perspectives — including civil rights advocates, policymakers, and law enforcement –  to consider what’s at stake for both families and communities.

Alfonso Alvarez, Santa Ana Unified School District

Marisa Bono,  San Antonio Mayor’s Office

Lydiana García-Suazo, Psychologist

Eileen Truax, Freelance (moderator)

2:30-3:30 p.m.  – Bilingual Education: When Policy Meets Practice

The issue of bilingual education remains a source of sharp debate, even as policy and educational practice have continued to evolve. Experts and practitioners share insights into the various ways states and local school systems now handle bilingual education, and the impact on students and families, depending on the approach they take.

Patricia Gándara , The Civil Rights Project at UCLA

David Nieto, University of Colorado, Boulder

Eva Pacheco, EJE Academies

Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report  (moderator)

3:45-4:45 p.m. – The Rise of Social and Emotional Learning, and How to Write About It

Interest is surging in how schools can better develop students’ so-called social and emotional skills, such as grit, self-awareness, empathy, and a “growth mindset.” The idea is that such skills help advance academic learning and set individuals up for success in life. To what extent is interest in social and emotional learning translating into action? What does it look like? How can it be measured? What do reporters need to know as they cover this fast-emerging field?

Sara Castro-Olivo, Texas A&M University

Emma Treviño, San Francisco Unified School District

Tara García Mathewson, The Hechinger Report  (moderator)

5:00-5:45 p.m. – Brainstorming and debrief

Moderator: Amaury Sablon, WUFT News