Building a Stronger MN: Challenges and Opportunities in Latino Education
Councils of Color. $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for competitive grants to the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Council on Black Minnesotans, the Indian Affairs Council, and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council. Grants are for programs and cooperation between the Minnesota Humanities Center and the grant recipients for community events and programs that celebrate and preserve artistic, historical, and cultural heritage.
1. Improve existing programs at two selected schools;2. Increase the resources and capacity of participating staff and Latino families and students;3. Deepen the understanding of ways to reduce Latino achievement gaps and improve their high-school graduation rates and registration in colleges and universities;4. The elements of success identified by the CLAC-HACER study will demonstrate their validity and applicability.5. Replication of those elements will become possible.
• 70 educators from Humboldt High School participated in a May 2013 workshop, increasing their resources and deepening understanding of ways to reduce Latino achievement gaps
• Convened parents, students, educators, and administrators for an in-depth planning process around improving existing programs, high-school graduation rates, and registration in colleges and universities
• Awarded two grants to high schools (Humboldt High School and Northfield High School) to further the goals of the grant in each community
The Chicano Latino Affairs Council and the Humanities Center will build on the grant received last year, which was intended to identify the elements of success in programs for Latino high school students and ways to replicate them. Applying the findings of CLAC's and HACER's research, CLAC will integrate its biennium goal of improving levels of educational achievement for Latino youth with the Legacy goal of enriching Minnesota’s cultural legacy by piloting the program in two Minnesota schools.