to improve schools for young
people like themselves, what would
they say? What recommenda-
tions would they have for edu-
cators committed to improving their
Certainly, we need to do more to
improve the education experiences
and outcomes for the largest minority
group of students in the United States.
Approximately 13 percent of all U.S.
Latinos between the ages of 16 and 24
don’t have a high school diploma or
the equivalent. That rate is four times
higher than it is for whites and almost
twice that of blacks (U.S. Department
of Education, 2014). Some scholars
have called this a crisis (Gándara,
2010; Gándara & Contreras, 2009).
Most districts with significant con-
centrations of Latino students are
engaged in some type of school or
districtwide improvement initiative.
But who typically gets invited into
those conversations? Who gets to
share their expertise? Who gets to
shape education policy and practice? Continue reading here.