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The Larger Ecology of Latino Success in Secondary Education: Why Some Latino Students Are Beating The Odds

Latinos are the most educationally disadvantaged group in America. The Latino student population, however, is not a homogenous group in which all perform equally. This study examines why some Latino students succeed academically while others do not. By examining the factors proven to increase educational achievement among Latino students, educational policymakers and practitioners can better […]

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Washington State Alternative Schools and Their Impact on Latino Success

I examined Washington alternative schools to see how well they are meeting the needs of their Latino students as compared to conventional schools.  The goals of this inquiry were to find where laws and practices could be changed to better serve Latino students and to see whether conventional schools could benefit from adopting some of […]

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Achieving Culturally Appropriate Early Childhood Education: A Promising Answer for Latinos In Washington

This report explores effective, high quality teacher training for early childhood educators working in diverse settings. What do training programs look like that best aid teachers in providing or maintaining culturally appropriate early learning environments for their young students? Issues such as bilingual education, kindergarten readiness, Latinos and academic success, and the benefits of dual language abilities […]

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The Outside Of Town: An Analysis Of Housing Conditions For Latino Farm Worker Children In Washington and Their Impact on Educational Success

This report examines the relationship between Latino farmworkers’ housing conditions and the educational success of their children. What are the dynamics of this relationship in Washington State? How is health impacted by housing, and how does health impact educational outcomes? Methods: I concurrently examined scholarly literature and reports documenting the national prevalence of health problems […]

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A Head Start for Latino Children in Washington State

This project focuses on early childhood education for the Latino community in Washington State. The research looks to answer the question: How could more eligible Latino children become enrolled in Head Start and how could Head Start provide the most effective preschool experience for Latino children? I specifically looked at the role of parent involvement […]

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Washington State K-12 Education and Latinos: An Examination of Policies and Practices

My report examines the relationship between Latinos and the Washington State K-12 education system. The catalyst was the implementation of the Washington State Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) as a graduation requirement. This implementation influenced my examination of the potential achievement gap between Latino and non-Hispanic white students and the efficacy of programs educating Limited […]

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The Experience of Latino Adult Learners in the State of Washington

The focus of this research is on Latino adult education at community and technical colleges in Washington. What are the challenges faced by adult learners? What type of support do community colleges offer to students? What type of support is provided by the state? Are adult education programs adequately meeting the needs of Latino/a adults? Methods: […]

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Assessing the Impact of Head Start on Latino Children and their Families

This project examines the impact of Head Start enrollment on Latino students in Washington State. Latino families are more likely to be living below the poverty line and to have the lowest level of education of any other group in the state. Their children enter school with undeveloped basic academic skills, which frustrates their progress […]

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