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