This is the second in a three-part series of conversations with Latino educators and edtech experts. Read the first part here.
As Latino children make up a growing proportion of public school students in the United States, they’re also facing unique challenges.
Education researchers now know that Latino students were dealt an outsized blow to their learning by the coronavirus pandemic. A frustrating combination of factors is keeping Latino students underrepresented in science, technology and math classes. Undocumented students — many of them from Mexico and Central America — are seeing their college dreams disappear as legal protections for them remain in limbo.
Latinos who work in education are ready for change, and they say their culture already holds dear values like community-building and generosity that are needed to improve education for their students.
EdSurge recently posed a question to a panel of three educators and an edtech CEO: What is the greatest strength that Latinos can leverage to transform public education?
Strength in Numbers
For edtech CEO Rocío Raña, who co-founded a company that assesses reading skills for bilingual children, the answer is obvious.