Finding Solutions to the Latino Education Crisis: A National Imperative

Patricia Gándara, Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences, Co-Director Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, UCLA

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 2:30pm

Talk Description: Latinos are the largest and fastest growing racial/ethnic minority in the U.S. Yet their record of college completion is significantly below that of any other major group. The consequences not only for the Latino community but for the nation are enormous.  Many existing social and educational policies either ignore or exacerbate the problems that this community faces.  Professor Gándara will discuss the current condition of education for Latino students in the U.S. and offer some suggestions for what we might be doing to improve it. She will also describe a project she has underway using online curriculum in high school classrooms with immigrant students to help them gain access to core college preparatory coursework, and she will discuss the lessons that have been learned from this experiment.

To view the webcast of Dr. Gándara's talk, click here (event held 2:30pm EST on Thursday, March 25th).

Patricia Gándara is Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from UCLA. She has been a bilingual school psychologist, a Social Scientist with the RAND Corporation, director of education research in the California Legislature (State Assembly), Commissioner for Post-secondary Education for the state of California, and Associate Director of the UC Linguistic Minority Research Institute. She is currently Co-Director of the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA.Professor Gándara's research focuses on educational equity and access for low income and ethnic minority students, language policy, and the education of Mexican origin youth.